"If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others."
Ah, here we are: at the end of the first week of school. And what have I learned? Let's see....
That I don't talk nearly as much during the summer as during the school year. My throat is killing me after a full day of teaching!
That it's a challenge to wear heels again, after a summer in flip flops or bare feet. Ooh but legs are letting me know they're there!
That's is exhausting to be "on" for seven hours at a time, answering questions and fielding responses and having to constantly think about writing and words without much of a break.
That a classroom is a very cool place to be, because you never know what's coming out of a student's mouth at any given time.
That it is VERY difficult to teach in a room that's 80+ degrees and sweat is running down your back and you're really thinking about how soon you can walk down the hall to the air-conditioned office instead of helping students understand what a thesis sentence is and why it's so important.
That's it's nice to have the support of other teachers in the building who are bemoaning the same issues you are, and who desperately wait for the coffee to brew in the morning the same way you do.
That I have the best job in the world. Years ago, when I first started teaching, I used to think to myself that as long as my basic bills were paid, I would do the job for free. 15 years later, I still feel that way :)