Wednesday, June 18, 2008

it sounded cool back in October....

Last October I was asked if I would be interested in teaching a robotics class for a summer camp in my district. Well I had just got back from Space Campe a couple of months earlier where I learned robotics so I thought this sounded pretty sweet so I said I would do it.

Now fast forward 8-months and before I knew it, I now actually have to do it! Well I am now in the middle of this 3-week program and I am dying!!! There are a few key problems that are adding to my angst:

  1. I am dealing with younger age group than I am used to - the positive is that it is just confirming that I totally belong in 8th grade
  2. I am teaching straight through the day from 8:30 - 3:00 with no breaks, no preps, and I even have to monitor all the kids during lunch. I have never felt so mentally drained as I have doing this
  3. After the first couple of day of me teaching how to build and program the robots, they kids are really on their own doing challenges and playing. This means that I spend a lot of time just sitting around thinking how much I would like to be in a pool, a nice cool movie theatre, or sitting in a coffee shop reading a fun book for change.
  4. I sooooo want to be playing Halo 3 on my xBox. It is to the point where I am even having my robotics students refer to me as "Master Chief" which is the main character in the game.

The one thing that is getting me through all of this is reminding myself that I am making $27 an hour. I know that I will truly love spending this money in a couple of weeks when this is all over. But I guess from a non-selfish point of view, the kids really are having a blast in the camp so I should probably be focusing on that as well.

Oh when will July ever get here????