Apparently I neglected to mention

*what* job I got. I've now been thwapped by at least half of you -- you can stop now.

I am a family leave replacement, now 'til Christmas break, at an all-boys independent/Catholic school in NYC. I'm teaching 6th grade math and science, and I have one of two 6th grade homerooms.

I started yesterday, but the gentleman I'm covering for -- let's call him C -- is not yet on leave; I'm shadowing him while I learn my way around the school (a rabbit warren), the boys (so far I've learned 10 names), and the other faculty (very sweet. really, I should be getting cavities soon; this is unreal).

Yesterday is a bit of a blur, really. I was in meetings when I wasn't in classes or getting lost somewhere in the aforementioned warren. The only thing that really stands out is the one math class, which was notable for the jaw-dropping error C made in teaching the boys order of operations. Solve the following: 3(4 + 2 - 1) ÷ 1 · 3 (If your answer is a single digit, seek out your nearest math teacher and beg for a remedial lesson. If your answer is two digits, you can teach this math class more effectively than some.) I didn't say anything, not even when he did it

*again*, different problem, because what was I supposed to say? I'm the n00b here.

Anyway, I itch to get my hands on the math class.

Today, however...

Well, I went down to the faculty lounge this morning before school started, met some lovely people and had a very nice conversation over coffee. Then I went up to homeroom. C stepped out for a moment to... do something, I forget. Anyway, I was alone in the classroom as the first couple boys trickled in.

**( Powerful Fish )**After that, I sat in on the Religion class...

**( Saying without saying while saying you're not saying... )**Uh, this got really long and I have to get up in 5.5 hours. Next time I'll do "Mass, Meals, Martian Monopoly and Math". Really. Thwap me if I don't.