I volunteer in the school library for 2 hours every Monday, and then today I have a 30-minute break before I have to be at my tutoring job for 2 hours. None of this is physically strenuous, but 2 hours with first- and second-graders, and then 2 hours working with 2 learning-disabled high school students in a foreign language, makes my brain pretty fried by the time I am done!
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy my volunteer work and my tutoring job. The little kids at school are a lot of fun. Sometimes I get to be the Story Lady and read to them. Other times I help them find books, and I always check their books out for them. And there’s the usual Quieting Them Down, and Separating Two Boys Who Are THISCLOSE To Hitting Each Other, and Telling Them For The Gazillionth Time Where The Bookmarks Are. Then I’ll move on to my students’ house. They don’t do a lot of study (who am I kidding–they don’t do any study) in between sessions. And with two students, it’s twice the chance that they’ll want to spend more time giggling over the dorky pictures in their textbook, and making up sentences like “[Name of boy they both know] es feo.” So whose bright idea was it to stack up both of those things in one day?
Oh yeah. That was me. Next time I think this is a good idea, smack me in the head, OK?