We went back on the 6th (Monday) and kids started on the 8th. We've had a lot of changes and let me just say, I don't think everything is figured out yet. As far as I'm concerned, I am very happy because I asked to be switched to independent study, so that's what I'm doing, but I'm still on the same campus. Positives: - I'll never have a bad day because student disrespect, profanity, defiance or any other classroom management issue, because it's one-on-one - My work is over at 2:45 pm and it means just that. My afternoons and weekends are 100 % mine. I don't have to think about lesson plans or grading, etc. Assignments are printed from the computer, and graded during the day. There's nothing to take home. - my coworkers are great. We've already known each other and have worked together for short times, so it's not like I'm brand new. - everyone is very helpful, there is a steep learning curve, but amazingly I'm doing pretty well. Haven't made any big mistakes yet (just a couple of small, fixable ones) - in the future I can teach elective classes to independent study students (in a classroom format), I do miss that kind of teaching, but if they don't give us extra prep time for that, then I might not do it. Negatives: - they are not honoring our contract time, meaning prep time. We're supposed to have 45 minutes a day, out of that we have 15 minutes, but the other 30 minutes are eaten up by supervision every other week. The same way as it was last year, and although we don't need to plan for 3 classes, etc, we still need some time to prepare for the students. 45 minutes (30 before school and 15 after) would be exactly sufficient. Right now I have been working through lunch, which I don't like - probably because of this my first week went like this: non-stop from 7:30 - noon (not even a minute break), 30 minutes lunch, after work go home, fall into bed and live in it until next morning: nap, watch tv, eat dinner and sleep. I have been exhausted because the first week is very high paced (we're assigning courses to students, analyzing their transcript, writing up contracts, going over everything and it takes one hour. And then the next kid comes. So it's been non-stop. The regular classroom teachers are no co-teaching in a block schedule of 90 minutes - I'm not unhappy that I don't have to do that. They now have to turn in lesson plans for 1 week every Friday. Definitely happy I've dodged that bullet this whole time. But they have an hour and a half prep time ever day and the entire Friday (kids don't come to school on Fridays). Yet, we have to supervise every morning. So that is not very fair at all, but whatever, they have plenty to deal with. Some more positives: I still get to interact with my previous students somewhat it's only during morning supervision (not enough) and now that they don't have me as their teacher, they miss me lol. Even the ones that plotted my death (metaphorically speaking), now they want nothing more than me as their teacher. one even said he misses my blunt, straight forward style, the other teacher is too nice. So I think it will be a great year, 100 % better than the previous one.