I woke up with a scorching sore throat and called in a reliever. I'm at a coffee shop right now, putting down some echinacea tea but, sore throat or not, I needed a personal day. It's been a rough few weeks, light on blogging, which, if you'll recall, is as good a sign as any that my job satisfaction is tanking, that someone needs to send a St. Bernard up the mountain after me.
In the middle of all this, Ian Garrovillas got a T.A., a class tutor, and a new lease on his career. Also, Jen, a first-year English teacher somewhere in the Los Angeles Unified wrote:
I don't normally post on good days, so I just wanted to take a moment to say that today went pretty well. This isn't to say today was smooth — crying girls, a special ed kid going off the wall, and a surprise admin observation were just part of the fun — but it was functional, kids understood the lesson, some real punkasses did a bit of classwork for a change, and we even had some laughs. Maybe there's hope for this year, and this career, yet.
And I'm encouraged by these newcomers. I still wonder, though, exactly how low I have to set my standard before I can qualify days as "good" or, especially, "sustainable." Reasonably how low, I mean.