I'm a big fan of the podcast It's been a Minute from Sam Sanders. On Fridays he and his guests describe their week in three words. It's a fun challenge to think back over the week and summarize it with only three words.
School started on Wednesday, and on Friday I asked my homeroom students to summarize their first week of school in three words. It was interesting to hear what they came up with, and it helped me to get to know them a little better.
My three words, which I shared with my homeroom first as an example, are So Many Names. I am teaching full time for the first time this year, which means I have six classes and a homeroom. My three sections of German 1 are all full at 32 students, my three sections of German 2 have 30, 30 and 21 students, and I have 23 students in homeroom. That's 200 students. I know about 25 of my German 2 students from last year, but the rest of them had my colleague for German 1, so they are new to me. So, that's about 175 names to learn.
No wonder my brain was tired by Friday!