Monday: 4 + English club
Thursday: 3 + English club
(I'll have an additional hour of conversation with the exchange student, but the time for that hasn't been decided yet. I'll tell you, though, making small talk for an hour every week is even harder than actual teaching.)
The good news is that I don't have any 6-hour days like last year. Also, I have one planning hour free either before or after lunch every single day. This means I can run home during lunch and still have time to eat leisurely.
The bad news is that...remember the teacher I was glad I only had for one hour a week? Well, they upped it to two. They swapped one hour of a different class for the second hour of his. <grrr> Oh, well, it just means that, come February when the seniors leave, I'll have one extra hour free.
My "speech and American culture" workshop class has seven students signed up for it, including the Hawaiian exchange student. Most of the senior class signed up for what amounts to study hall.
Last year I was only given a list of names for the third-year students. I managed to learn most of them by the end of the year...at which point they all graduated. So now I have to start all over again. This year I made sure to ask for lists of the names of ALL the students. I'm starting to remember some of them. (Is it bad of me to wish more students wore glasses so I could recognize them faster?)
I had another English club meeting today. The students were all set to play solitaire on the computer the whole time. Then three first-year students showed up to observe the meeting, so I sat and chatted with them. Meanwhile, the club members decided after much debate that they wanted to cook something. I've been assigned to bring cake-baking materials to the meeting on Monday (paid for out of the club's budget). We invited the first-years to come too.