I felt good coming into this year. I was teaching the same three classes I taught last semester, and I learned a ton from last semester. I had a new behavior plan I was ready to use. My long range plans were all finished last semester. I had begun developing individual lesson plans. My class sizes were smaller. I was better prepared. Even the grass was greener.
I said the class sizes were smaller, but one of them was much smaller. When I left last semester, I had five students enrolled in my third period class. For a high school class of students in non-diploma classes, I prefer 5-10 students. Any less and it seems too quiet. Any more and it gets to be too much to handle. Of my original five, I slowly began losing students, each for a different reason.