Thankfully, today was much better than yesterday. I am still feeling homesick for California which I discovered because I got teary eyed on my drive to work today from the line in Toby Keith's song God Love Her "with amazing grace, we made California line..." based off my semi-irrational response to a song I've heard a million times, I was not overly optimistic about my day.
However, both my first & second blocks of American Literature went pretty well. I was even able to have a conversation with one of the teachers regarding special education, hopefully helping her have a better understanding about my students and their needs. My fifth block American Institution class was observed by the district & Ms. C and I were on fire. Our seniors were very much engaged & really had their act together, which is obviously always a huge relief. I stayed at work later than I had anticipated but I was hanging out with one of the teachers just chatting up a bit.
If it weren't for the staff, I would have walked out 2 weeks ago. Thankfully, through their continued support, I have begun to connect with the students. Which is ultimately going to keep me at the school. Today, I got an email from Carlos (one of my favs back at Audeo) which reminded me exactly why I am here. These students need people who will not give up on them and I just hope that I am able to make that commitment.