Augh! The year! There it went! Did you see it?
I had to chuckle when I read my last post about not having to change my style or my goals. Yeah, whatever. I stuck to as many of my guns as I could, but if your old tricks aren't getting across to the students, using them doesn't get you far. Details to come.
Looking back at the end of it, it was a resoundingly successful year. Everyone agrees that our spring concerts were the best that the gym has heard in years, maybe even decades. Details to come.
I feel like the entire year, I've been toe-to-toe with burnout, sometimes winning, and sometimes losing. This is an enormous job that no amount of student teaching or studying could have possibly prepared me for. Colleagues of mine use the metaphor of a marathon, and the more I think about it, the more I like it. Details to come.
Also, I've discovered that with a busy-enough work schedule, internet becomes unnecessary. At least, the internet that I can get from school that isn't blocked. Like this site, for example. (surprisingly)
Next up: prepare for summer marching band camp. Details to come.