I have a cold, so my first day back was ... sleepy. I had enough foresight weeks ago to make today's lesson "make a small poster day". Yesterday was Ice Bowl - NHL Winter Classic day - more on that later, after I get over this cold, upload pictures, figure out how to properly chronicle the day's historic events - in short, it was exhilarating and exhausting, and I was asleep by 9pm. Lesson goal aside, my true goal today was to be at school. Just get there. The rest was icing on the cake.
The good - greeting students and coworkers, trading stories about vacation and the horrors of getting up this morning, slogging (journaling) about "back to school", overhearing one student tell another "I almost died waking up this morning" and then using that example to review hyperbole, thanks much.
The bad - probably 10 students who confessed or otherwise revealed that they don't even have a nonfiction book for independent reading, despite my repeated notices and lessons and warnings for the past month.
The ugly - my nose that dripped like a leaky faucet, tissues that burned my skin, germs, germs, everywhere.