Just a quick message to let you all know that I am still here and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, although it’s still in the distance. The first few weeks of school call for survival mode. What can I get done to get through the days? There’s so much to do, in terms of organization, setting up classroom procedures, getting to know students, informing general education teachers of my students’ IEP accommodations, etc. It’s daunting, and I’ve been putting in tons of extra hours. Needless to say, it doesn’t leave me much time for anything. I’m trying to squeeze in some relaxation time, some time to get back into a fitness routine, as well as normal household chores and responsibilities. My prep period used to be attached to lunch, and now it’s not, which has been a culture shock. I can barely get through a few items in my lunch bag, which I suppose isn’t a horrible thing. Finding time to use the restroom or fill up my water bottle is a luxury. My classes are larger than you’d ever want a pullout special education class to be – fifteen, seventeen, twenty kids?! It’s madness, to say the least. I’m thankful that I have the years of experience to handle it all. If I were a newer teacher, I’d have a breakdown already. I’m keeping the faith though, and slowly getting there. Day by day, week by week, that’s how we’ll get through. In the meantime, I’m really looking forward to a BMT friend of mine coming to visit for the weekend, so we can attend the wedding of a tech school friend of ours! It’s going to be a reunion that’s been almost a year in the making! Pictures to come, I promise!