I have a teaching job for the fall. I have one full week and a weekend to prepare to teach two classes totaling 27 students between the ages 7 and 13. Since it is at a school which serves the gifted population, the regular grading schematic doesn’t quite apply. I’m excited, yet fully aware of the amount of work I must do during the next week to prepare for their first day of school on Aug. 27, 2007. I appreciate the administration and board for thinking that I am ‘up to the task’ and a husband who is cheering me on. Here goes!