Wow. I am nearly a month into this new gig. I am still getting my footing, but not as shaky as I was the last time I updated. Fortunately I no longer feel like accepting the job may have been a huge mistake. It was, most certainly, a lot to take on. It's only really been in the past week that I haven't felt like I'm only a period ahead of where I need to be. I'm starting to be able to look at things a few days out and am hoping that by the end of the week I'll be planning at least a week in advance. Hopefully I'll be able to start doing some better teaching this way. A lot of what has been provided is mediocre at best. I don't like feeling like I'm doing a mediocre job.
The students and I are figuring each other out. I made a girl in my class cry today. I felt terribly, but I also feel like it'll probably be a good thing that it happened overall. I was walking them through a worksheet (mediocre teaching, right there) and she and a few others kept chatting. After asking them to be more attentive several times, I stopped and said that it appeared they didn't feel that they needed my guidance, and told them to go complete the work on their own. Not my finest moment, but honestly I had reached my limit. I'm hoping they remember this tomorrow and when I'm talking that they listen.
The Bean and Sprout have been doing really well with the transition. The Bean, overall, seems to have taken on a "helper" role when my sister is here watching them. Not so much doing things for the little ones, but doing things for himself, like putting his dirty plate in the sink without being asked, or tidying up his toys. He gets a lot of praise for it and seems quite proud of himself. I am so glad. Sprout is also doing well. She doesn't cry when I leave anymore and is going down for naps without nursing first, though she starts demanding "nurse" as soon as I walk through the door most nights. Sometimes I oblige, other times I try to hold her off so that she'll eat dinner (and so that I can make dinner). It's hard to know what to do.
I couldn't be doing any of this without Jen. She has continued riding her bike into work in this freezing October weather so that I can have the car, even though my work is much closer. She gets the kids fed, and often dressed, and always entertained in the morning while I scramble to get ready for work. She's changed her hours on Wednesdays so that she can be home with the kids while my sister take her son to his program. We are both exhausted more than 100% of the time, but she certainly couldn't be doing anything to make things easier on me. She is so good to me. I don't know what I would do without her.
Though I would love to write more about the kids, about this change, about a zillion other things (I'm talking about you, Summer Bucket List and Project 52), I really should go to bed now. It'd be the first night I've gone to bed before midnight in, well, nearly a month. I don't think I should pass up that opportunity.
Thanks to everyone for your kind words about the new position.