I love zoos. Seriously. Zoos are the mother fucking BEST. I can’t wait to go to DC this summer and visit the Washington Zoo. They have mother fucking PANDAS. I’m stoked.
Just made slutty brownies for the staff potluck-thing tomorrow.
Best coworker ever? I’d say so.
(For those wondering: enjoy)
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Let’s do it
Please? Help me procrastinate.
Today felt like a Wear the Brightest Pink Dress You’ve Ever Seen kind of day. (The dress is actually pretty close to neon coral in real life. The lighting by my mirror sucks) I got so many compliments on it from students and staff.(Apparently today is also the “on Wednesdays we wear pink” theme. Double win for remembering to take and post a picture and doing the theme, even unconsciously)
Dress: Forever 21+ Blazer, necklace, and belt: Torrid Flats (not pictured): Old Navy
Thank goodness tomorrow is my Friday.
This week has been rough and long and I was convinced that I was a day ahead all week. But some positives!
- ALL of my seniors turned in their ISearch, so no automatic failures. WOOHOO!
- My improvisations were actually successful today.
- I’m improving my voices when I read aloud. I got real into Montag’s freak out on the subway during part 2 of F451 today.
- My sophomores had meaningful things to say about F451 today. They are fully capable of doing quality work. They’re just too lazy to put the time in outside of class.
- My freshies are really getting into their persuasive essays. I had one student tell me she already started writing her draft because she’s so excited about her topic. Amazing what kids will do when they’re passionate about something.
- I get to wear jeans tomorrow!
- My lunch buddy and I are going out for lunch because it’s our Friday.
God I love teaching. It feels good to actually be in a classroom everyday.
Nothing like your class set of iPads getting rented out to a different classes and you not knowing about it until the cart disappears.
I barely use them, but the kids always have access to them if they need them.
Today, I actually NEEDED them in 3 out of 5 classes. And they were GONE.
Nothing quite like teaching on the fly.
If this had happened during student teaching, it would have completely ruined my day. But 5 minutes before 1st hour and I was able to figure out what to do. It didn’t work quite as well as it might have, but today wasn’t completely ruined.
I put that in the win column.
Also, only one student has not turned in their ISearch project. Here’s hoping it shows up before the end of the day, otherwise the student doesn’t graduate…
I just graded the worst quizzes ever. The highest score was a 70%.
I feel like I’m failing as a teacher.
But it was a reading quiz. We talked about a lot of this content in class. I cannot hold my students’ hands and make sure that they’re reading outside of class. (Also 90% of students missed a vital part of the quiz directions and didn’t answer half of the question, even after I read the directions out loud.)
They get reading days in class. They get a detailed reading guide that follows the text. We talk about it in class.
I don’t know what else I could possibly do. Do I give them more in class reading days? But then we don’t get to do anything meaningful or interesting.
But I also can’t do anything meaningful or interesting if they haven’t read the material.
What do I do?
"I dunno, just laying face down on the couch and waiting for some baby boomers to die, I guess"
— Millennials, when asked about plans for the future (via alwaysfaithfulterriblelizard)
Thank goodness for awesome principals!
Mondays are late starts for either department-wide or whole-school meetings. Tomorrow was supposed to be a whole-school meeting, but my principal sent an email this morning canceling it so that we can all work on whatever we need to work on because he has “come to the realization that there might be more important things to be doing.”
AMAZING. Now I can enjoy Mad Men guilt free.
I’ve been pretty MIA lately.
I’d forgotten how exhausting teaching is. I’ve been staying late at school getting work done and then coming home and sitting in front of the TV, then going to bed. That’s my super exciting week.
My seniors are exhausting. They have their ISearch (a graduation requirement, btw) due on Wednesday and when I told them how close the date was, I think all of them had heart attacks.
I have 8 million things to grade that I’ve been putting off to get senior ISearch drafts graded in time. I have to finish reading Fahrenheit 451 and plan lessons for that. I have to start figuring out what I’m doing for persuasive writing with my freshmen.
But I’m happy. I love that I get to go to work and do something that I enjoy, even when kids are driving me crazy. Not everyone gets to say that. I’m lucky.
Making phone calls and sending emails to failing seniors is interesting.
So far, I’ve learned that:
- One student takes a taxi to and from school every day from a town 30-40 minutes away because his family recently became homeless.
- One student has been missing a bunch of class because of illness and then severely injuring her leg.
- One student has a habit of lying about missing work and his parent told me that I “shouldn’t believe anything he says about missing work” which kind of threw me for a loop there.
I’m drowning in papers to grade, I’m worrying about my seniors not being able to graduate because of their crummy grades, but I’m loving being able to teach again.
Seniors a month away from graduation are rough.
There are going to be lots of phone calls home on Monday… Joy of joys.
They HAVE to pass senior English to graduate.
They HAVE to do the ISearch project to graduate.
And yet I have 75% of fourth hour missing key components of the project, which have dropped their grades. And I have a co-teacher who is so wishy-washy and barely does anything constructive.
It’s frustrating. I know Kelly had lots of trouble with fourth hour. All of the other teachers know that my fourth hour is rough. The department chair gave me some good advice I’m going to try. But fourth hour is just hard. I don’t know if I can reach these kids in the two weeks I have before their ISearch projects are due.
But I also can’t let kids fail, because then they can’t graduate.
First day: DONE.
And I think, all in all, it went pretty well! Of course, it’s day one, so I’m sure students’ personalities will begin to show more as we get to know each other.
I’m still trying to learn procedures, to learn where to go, to learn how to do things. There’s so many different computer things I still have to figure out and learn. Slowly, but surely, I’m adjusting.
The other teachers have been so amazing and helpful and friendly. One, especially, has been super amazing and helpful. He stopped by my classroom to make sure that I knew where to eat lunch, but I was already there because I had to pee something fierce (btw, having to hold it until 6th hour is awful).but it was still sweet. He stayed after school and helped me with ideas for tomorrow’s lessons, lent me his materials, and helped me carry class sets of Fahrenheit 451 from the library to my classroom. Plus, he’s my age, we know some of the same people apparently, so it’s nice to have someone who I can identify with, even though he seems so much older than me because he’s been teaching longer.
It’s still weird for me to remember that I’ll be there for the rest of the year. I keep thinking it’s just a normal sub job and I’ll be off to a different classroom tomorrow. It’s hard to get that wrapped around my brain right now.
I’m glad I got the job where I did. The school is friendly and welcoming. The kids have all been friendly. I’m excited for what the rest of the year will bring.