I really could have used just a teensy bit more vacation time. Like another week… or twenty.
And I really can’t get on board with calling what is currently happening “summer.” I mean, it’s May in Michigan, and it seriously just stopped snowing last week.
All that being said, I really do love the first day of the semester.
All the students were on their best behavior today.
I didn’t have to tell anyone to please listen while I was talking or speak only English with their classmates or PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF SNAPCHAT PUT AWAY THAT CELL PHONE!
My writing class clamored over each other to answer my questions about thesis statements and topic sentences and transitional phrases because I am that teacher who starts the semester off by reviewing the parts of the essay.
Oh, by the way, there will be a quiz on that tomorrow.
(Not kidding.)But my students are not the only ones determined to start things off on the right foot.
So am I.
In fact, I have an entire New Semester Resolution List.
Which may sound weird if you don’t know me.
Okay, it sounds weird even if you do know me. I mean, it sounds weird to ME and I am ME.
But, the thing about being a teacher is that I don’t really think in years — I think in semesters.
When people ask me how long I’ve lived in Michigan, I say “two semesters.”
I know it’s time to get a hair cut when there’s a semester break.
And, while I can’t exactly remember what my new year’s resolutions for this year were, I do remember what my new semester resolutions for last semester were.
Probably because they were pretty much the same resolutions I have for this semester:
I will finally become efficient at work and not spend forever looking for that one video to use in my lesson about that one thing.
I will once and for all be able to explain the future perfect tense in a way that makes sense. Even though it totally doesn’t make any sense. I mean, how can I say I “will have done” something by some distant point in the future? I am not psychic. I am also really not good at getting things done. (See the first point about becoming efficient.)
I will stop rolling my eyes at really long teacher meetings even if my eyes just kind of naturally do that.
I won’t gossip about any of my coworkers. (Not that I did that! Ever! Not me! Hey, coworkers-who-read-my-blog!)
I will go to the gym more.
I will walk to work everyday.
I won’t come home from work every night and become a Netflix-watching couch-lump.
I will write more even if my brain is doing that thing where it’s like “I CAAAAAANNN’T!!! DON’T MAKE ME!!!”
I will finally start volunteering.
I will meet people.
I will do something fun and social every week.
I will actually keep all my resolutions this semester — so much so that next semester I won’t even need to make resolutions because I will be pretty much basically perfect.
(Not kidding.)Do you make non-New-Year’s resolutions? Do you keep them?