Needless to say, the first day of school with students was quite unlike other first days. I saw 4 of my 5 classes today (I see each class 3 days a week), and I am excited for a year when I'll be able to concentrate on delivery of material and other instructional related issues rather than managing. This is due to a lot of factors; private school kids, small class size, Asian culture (not in a disrespectful way, but just that education is given a higher priority), room set up, etc. Overall, the thing that struck me the most was how small of the kids were. I vividly remember my first day at 88, and Nick came up to my shoulder on the first day of school and by the last day of school was up to my nose. In contrast, many of my ninth graders are about the size, or smaller, than most of my sixth graders last year. I suspect that my ninth graders are younger than American ninth graders, but only by a year or so.
The only other really pressing matter is to go see Inception. Joe has told me it's a must-see and the previews have created a March of my curiosity (kind of like the November of my soul, but March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb, you know, nevermind, Melville never explained the other one...), so Mike, Ab and I are looking to go Thursday or Friday.
"Greatest thing since sliced bread." So this is it, huh? I mean...computers? cell phones? the human genome project? Please... you have bread, you have a knife, SLICE IT!