I don’t know what happened yesterday, but I was all out of sorts.
First, I tried to dismiss my class for recess ten minutes early. I had them pack up their work and I collected all of the papers that they were working on. I then waited for the bell to go. It didn’t.
The kids were anxious to get outside for recess. None of them noticed that we were too early. I thought maybe something was wrong with the bells. But then I remembered that recess wasn’t until 10:40 a.m. It was at 10:30 at my old school.
I apologized to the students. “I didn’t know what I was thinking there. Recess is at 10:40. We still have ten minutes.”
I handed back the papers and tried to get the class back on task and working on finishing the worksheet. All I got were moans and groans, and very little more done in the way of work by them.
I thought that was just a moment of disorientation. I thought it had passed. But it didn’t.
Next, I took the class to computer lab half an hour early. Most of the kids didn’t mind the extra computer time but some were getting restless. So I brought them back to the class once again for ten minutes before the next recess.
The rest of the school day went just fine. But when I got home, I felt completely drained. I cooked dinner, ate, and then hit the couch. My energy was gone. I had a sink full of dishes to clean, a pile of marking to do, and a blog entry to write. But I couldn’t find the energy to get off of the couch.
I watched TV, and then went to bed early.
I’m glad that weird day passed.
Today, things were back to normal. I’m still getting used to the new school and the schedule of the day. I still don’t have my yard and lunch duty schedule memorized. So I guess I’m still a bit out of sorts.
Good thing we get a long weekend at the end of this week. I sure need it.