I don't think any new step in life has kept me awake like this one has: My first day of teaching. First day of kindergarten, first day in middle or high school, first day in college, my first day as a missionary, first day married...oh wait, that hasn't happened yet...none of these gave me the jeebers as much as my first day of teaching. So after catching up and getting some assurances from my friends Kenji and Sarah Ruth, I laid there restless in bed. My mind was racing about today! It wasn't until after a ham sandwich, vanilla ice cream and an extremely healthy dose of facebook that I was able to fall asleep...at 3:15 am.
I've just gotta say, teaching in Canada is nothing like I saw it in the states. More respect from students, more appreciation from the community and more camaraderie from other teachers. The first day here for students is like new student orientation. They come for an hour to get their schedules, lockers and meet the teachers (although mostly the high achievers ever get to talking to a teacher). So tonight will be another sleepless night as I get ready for yet another first day of teaching, actually being with the kids. I'm incredibly excited, nervous, anxious and enthralled at this whole experience.