and kicking! I caught up on sleep last night - 8 and a half hours.
First day was good. Mostly I was in sleep-deprived, adrenaline-driven daze, trying to "get to know" 96 new students. (That's a low number. Usually we're at 120.) And it was very, very hot in the classroom.
7th grade - I always think they're so cute in September. Still "kids", some baby faces, some much shorter than me. Cuteness lasts till January, maybe. Then I rely on their burgeoning intellect and personality to carry us through 16 more months (we loop). It was still very, very hot in the classroom.
Second day was much better, coherent. They did work, and I talked little. I think I can name two-thirds of them, in their seats, mainly because of alliteration/name game that's carrying into tomorrow's lesson. (Student chooses a word to describe self that has same beginning sound as first name, makes small poster of alliterative phrase; class does Gallery Walk around to look at posters; student 1 introduces self using alliterative phrase, student 2 greets 1 by 1's alliterative phrase then states own alliterative phrase, student 3 greets 1 and 2 with their alliterative phrases, etc.)
SLOG! They've been slogging both days! OK, just the journaling part, not yet the reading/commenting part. We'll start that tomorrow.
G's first 2 days of 1st grade were great! She's loved everything, and we even hear interesting tidbits from her about classes, classmates, lunchroom, bus ride. Miracle!