As I told two of my classes yesterday, "I love the first day of class each semester!! It's like standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon, a magnificent, beautiful, breathtaking scene. You're on the edge of all this new information, new skill, new knowledge. It's just sitting there waiting for us to dive in to." Okay, so you don't dive into the Grand Canyon, but its still exciting.
I am teaching 5 courses this semester: 2 College Algebra sections, Trigonometry, Calculus IV, and Differential Equations. My schedule is quite balanced so that I have a very similar schedule from day to day. I am definitely looking forward to this semester. I haven't yet got to know my lower level classes very well to see if they'll relax and keep the atmosphere light. I know that both of my upper levels are filled with some great students, ones that seem to really enjoy the subject and will be willing to work to learn it. Plus, I should have a wealth of new blunders now that I am lecturing 11 times a week.