Yesterday my senior class was featured on the local 6 and 11 o’clock evening news! The broadcast was also on the station’s website. It was such a neat experience and I was really pleased with my kids!
I received an email about 15 minutes before my class started from the district’s spokeperson informing me that a camera crew was headed my way. They wanted to spotlight a teacher who was addressing the significance of Obama’s nomination. Apparently somebody told them about me!
They are writing letters to the presidential candidates to persuade them to give attention to the issues that they feel are essential to their future. This is a project sponsered by Google and the National Writing Project (I am a teacher-consultant for our local chapter). The letters will be published on an online forum for all the world to see.
Next week I have representatives from our state’s Republican and Democratic offices coming to present . This will provide the students with more insight about each political party and allow them to write a more detailed and knowledgable letter.
I received many job well done calls, texts, and emails from friends, family, and former students who saw us on the news. It was actually a pretty indepth segment.
However, only three of my colleagues commented on the story–the principal nor the vice principal was one of them! Over the span of six years my students and I have been in the newspaper twice and covered on the news two times as well. I have to say that this one was the best. The reporter did a great job on this story.
I am really proud of my students!
Day 1: What a day it has been! Today was my first day of school. It was a day of mass confusion and overall craziness. A fight took place as soon as the doors opened. Many of the kids were resentful to be back at school already. I could hear Pink Floyd singing:
We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.
Day 5: Not much has changed from day one. I have a class of 67 with a room that contains 30 desks! We have masses of students who do not have a schedule, therefore it is safe to conclude that my other classes will swell as well.
The majority of the students do not have lockers or ID’s. Only a handful have text books.
We have a new ridiculously long lesson plan template that has already garnered over 300 complaints with the union.
We have a new principal who has his hands full.
We have added grades 7-8. We also have a group of “under/over” students in grades 5 and 6. They are ages 15-16 years old.
My back is strained terribly from lifting boxes, hauling the 70 literature and grammar tomes for my classroom set, and removing desks that were stacked on top of each other. I mean seriously, I had to stay reclined over the weekend because my back felt so terrible.
Information and communication is not flowing very well between administration and teachers. We are often told about things the morning of. Case in point, I was told the day before school started that I was scheduled to teach a section of etymology. Had I known about this in advance, I could have spent time in the summer creating lessons for this provocative subject. But no, that would have been too convenient for me!
I feel exhausted already!
But I still can see silver linings:
- I have a helpful resource teacher for period 1
- I have a job that I am healthy enough to attend daily
- I have a fair amount of students who seem eager to learn
- Yesterday a student gifted me with a composition notebook that she picked up specifically for me!
- I am in a remodeled classroom
My bulletin boards, I reserved one for student work
I love my dry erase boards!
Reading, my favorite sport!