Today was the first day back after Spring Break. Those of you who are not teachers, let me tell you how this works:
First of all, all the teachers are exhausted from staying up late and partying too much. Or flying to Chile and back. The kids are exhausted from staying up late and partying too much. Or walking to Safeway and back.
Then, it usually takes a day or so to get the kids back into school mode - you know, the mode where they actually remember to walk into class and sit in a desk. Today I walked into third period and everyone was standing around talking like it was a dinner party or the bus stop.
In addition, a nebulous someone, somewhere, scheduled the state mandated math testing for today and tomorrow. I know, it SEEMS like kids retain scads of information over breaks, and I know MY kids certainly spent quite a bit of time studying their math flashcards and doing trigonometry in their head, but most kids - yeah....they don't so much remember math as sieve it out while exiting the classroom.
So let's recap: Today, the teacher was cranky, the kids were squirrelly, and we had to do state testing.
Yes. Today was Awesome.