Today I discovered how hard it is to teach when you have a fever. I've been fighting off a cold/flu for the past few days and after lunch today (when I finally got to sit down for the first time all day) I started to burn up. Considering I only had 1 class to teach I decided to soldier on.
All I can say is thank goodness I have a laptop class (all the students in my class have a laptop which is connected to the schools network via a wireless connection... not all classes have laptops) - I just put them to work on their research assignments while I sat at the front of the science lab and told them they had to be nice to me because I was sick.
This is the worst possible time for me to get sick - tomorrow night is parent teacher interviews. I will be meeting with something like 30 parents in a 3 hour time slot. It's going to be like speed dating... I am not looking forward to it. I then have to do it again on Monday because one parent teacher night is just not enough to see everyone! Joy! *groan*
Overall, I have only good things to say about my students. Every one of my classes has just recently had tests and I am so happy with the overall performance. However, there are a few (in grade 10 - 15 and 16 year olds can be impossible!) who need to lift their game if they want to pass this semester. I didn't want to have to do this to the grade 10s but both my classes will be put into a seating arrangement the next time we are in the lab (currently working on assignments in the computer labs).
So I've been a teacher now for 9 and a half weeks - almost an entire term. I still love it, even if the students make me want to pull my hair out. I am sure some of them are going to put me in an early grave, and I do check daily for grey hairs... but despite that, it's all good!