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Second half of the school year starting

Monday, September 23, 2019

Classes start again tomorrow and I’m having the usual start-of-term nerves. I’ll go through this three more times, including this time, before teaching my last class as a full-time teacher in January 2021.

I like working, and I know I’ll feel a sense of satisfaction at the end of this week, but right now, I’m kind of glad I won’t have to go through these first weeks of nerves many more times. I like being busy, but working part time after I retire may be the best of both worlds. I could choose how busy I want to be, and there would be No - More - Meetings!! (Especially boring because they’re in Japanese, of course.)

About ten days to go until my DIL’s due date.
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    I was absent last week so missed this blog. Now it's a week later, and I hope the nerve-wracking part is mostly over. Starting new classes is exciting but stressful and suspenseful, I think, definitely harder than later on in the course. I hope it went well and that you were lucky enough to get good students who'll make your job fun.

    It's great that you're planning to continue part-time! That will keep you young and energetic, and give you time away from home--so important in maintaining good relations with the people at home! I love being home, but too much togetherness is not good.

    Oh yeah--meetings in Japan! I used to be on the PTA when my children were in school. OMG--meetings that could have wrapped up in 30 minutes might drag on for 2 hours, depending on who'd been designated committee head. Interestingly, I found that if the committee head had a job outside the house, meetings would end quickly, but if the committee head was a full-time housewife, the meetings would go on a really long time, I assume because she had a lot of free time. But I can imagine that even at your work place the meetings would be too long. My husband says the same about meetings at his workplace. I think they don't have a clear agenda or a planned ending time, and they're too vague and polite to get very much done.

    I hope you have a great week. Isn't fall wonderful, not only because of the weather but also because there are so many national holidays? Whoopee!
    146 days ago
    Oooo - and now - less than a week till due date. How wonderful to welcome this new life into your world.

    When I knew for sure when I was going to retire my attitude towards work changed. Though I still cared about what I did and how I did it - I cared less about what OTHER people thought about what and how I did things.

    Enjoy these last few terms - but most importantly - enjoy that new baby.
    146 days ago
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    151 days ago
    So exciting to be anticipating your grandchild.

    And "performance anxiety": I certainly never lost it either as a teacher or now in preparation for a hearing.

    I suppose it just enables us to function at our highest level.
    151 days ago
    Meetings were always the worst part of teaching for me too, and often a complete waste of time, weekly.
    You must be getting very excited about the grandchild arriving imminently.
    152 days ago
    Good luck and keep the positive vibes going!
    152 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Having taught for about a zillion years, I know exactly how you are feeling! Best wishes as you begin this new school term....AND...I bet that you cannot wait to meet your new grand baby!!
    152 days ago
    Sounds like semi retirement is a good idea for you.
    152 days ago
  • LOF7203
    Good luck
    153 days ago
    I can so relate regarding nervousness begging of starting class. Just Being student of new season, I was so nervous sometimes I get stomach clump. But as a teacher, must be lots of prepping and studying about things you’ll teaching us. Thanks for being wonderful teacher. Yes!! To the part time freedom no more boring meeting! Much love to you.
    153 days ago
    Sounds like you've thought it through and are happy with the idea,.
    I bet your DIL can't wait! Probably very uncomfortable!

    Hope all goes well for her.
    Have a good week Margaret emoticon
    153 days ago
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