After two days of meetings, professional development and other things that made me want to stick a pencil through my eye, today is finally the first day of classes.
About the only thing that keeps me in this job is the enjoyment I get working with students and teaching my classes.
The rest of the stuff - the Common Core meetings, the PD, the forced professional learning communities jive, the focus groups - enervates me and takes away much of my energy and enthusiasm for teaching.
And of course that's what that stuff is supposed to do - remember, education reform is about pushing out as many teachers as possible, closing as many schools as possible, converting as many public schools to charters as possible, declaring the whole public education enterprise a "failure" and looking for ways to privatize the system.
Supporting teachers in a happy, healthy environment does NOT help the privatizers in that agenda.
This year, I have vowed to let as much of that stuff roll off my back as possible and continue to focus on the positive parts of the job - working with students, helping students, teaching students and learning from both my students and co-workers.
How about you?
What are you going to focus on this year?