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Schedule for 2010-2011

So…my tentative schedule for next year is this:

Semester One
1st: Junior English (1st floor)
2nd: Homeroom (2nd floor)
3rd: Senior English (2nd floor)
4th: Credit Recovery (1st floor)
5th: Plan

Semester Two
1st: Junior English (1st floor)
2nd: Homeroom (2nd floor)
3rd: Credit Recovery (1st floor)
4th: Plan
5th: Junior English (2nd floor)

Credit Recovery for 1st and 3rd quarters will be makeup for Freshmen or Sophomore English. Credit Recovery for 2nd & 4th Quarters is makeup for Junior or Senior English. The junior/senior class is geared more towards writing, so I’m going to tweak it to make it more writing intense. It was last year, but…it wasn’t exactly what I like.

Currently, I’m in 3 rooms throughout the year, not counting homeroom. However, that’s why I put the 1st & 2nd floor stuff. I’m in a different room for each block. Plan period will be in our English office area. If they ever take our office area away (b/c we don’t have room) I will be supremely pissed and will DEFINITELY look for a job at a new school.

We have a new principal this year…I’m nervous. It’s like being at a new job all over again. Change (that I didn’t initiate) gives me such anxiety. Bleagh…

I hope that my curriculum person works things out so that I’m not traveling all the live-long day. I might just buy myself some KEENS and wear them and say they’re dress shoes. Shit.

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Next Year

Well, right now, I’m sitting in my living room listening to the wind blow, the rain roar, the hail fall, and the thunder rumble. My part of my state is experiencing a huge late-day storm (we usually get them at night, as far as I can remember) — my parent’s house (they live north of me) has no power. Thankfully, my parents have a non-cordless land line phone.

We had our “plan time” for summer school today — as far as teaching goes, this will be a cake-walk. On one hand, this is not a program that is what you’d want to see happen in a classroom during the school year. However, this is credit recovery. These kids are here to earn their credit — they need buckle down, do the work, and as Larry the Cable Guy says “git er done!” So, this plan to have them work independently (as much as they’re able) and to essentially prove they can demonstrate their mastery of standards via this work — I’m okay with it. Also, the lack of planning that is necessary on my part is fantastic.

Anyway…

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Next year, this is what I’d like to accomplish in my junior English class. Let me know if you think it’s do-able.

September/January: 1 essay, 1 speech (memorized poem recitation)
October/February: 1 essay, 1 group presentation (4 to 5 minutes & 4 to 5 people) **Feb = state writing test
Read 1 major work by this time
November/March: 1 essay, 1 partner presentation (4 to 5 minutes)
December/April: 1 essay, 1 speech (solo! — 4 to 5 minutes) ** Apr = state reading test
Read 1 major work by this time
August — winding up stuff (short works, etc)
May — winding down stuff
So…2 major works for each semester, which will be supplemented by various other texts: speeches, essays, short stories, poems, etc.

Remember, I’m on the 4×4 block, at least for one more year — rumor has it that our new principal would like to change our schedule to A/B Block. M&W=A, T&Th=B, Friday = all (meaning each class would meet for about 45 minutes). We couldn’t change it till the 2011-2012 school year. I personally LOVE the idea of an ABAB/All schedule.

Side note: don’t get me wrong, I LOVE teaching juniors. I love that age group (even when I don’t). But I HATE that the feds have decided (or our state has decided?) that this is the age-group that needs to prove they know what they know. They are tested up the whazzoo. It’s ridiculous.

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The new semester

Well, after a rocky start (i.e. weather-related closings), we’ve begun semester two in earnest. (Where did that saying come from anyway?)

This semester I have smaller classes (which is nice). Last semester I was close to 30 in each of my classes. This semester I have one class under 20, one class at 20, and one class at 22. I have two sections of juniors and one section of credit recovery. Credit Recovery is the largest and this class will be my toughest to stay on topic. Part of this is because more than half of these students have had me for other English classes. So, we know each other and they know the ins and outs of me as a teacher (how to get me off track, but also how to behave).

So far, we’re working on grammar and short stories. I borrowed an idea from a co-worker: notes quizzes. Rather than do notebook checks (irritating and time-consuming), you give them quizzes that are over the notes taken. Students are allowed to use their notes. This proves who’s taken notes and who hasn’t. 😀 Great idea, eh?

I may not do a big novel with my juniors this quarter. I’m seriously considering reading TONS of short stories, essays, non-fiction, etc and having our one major class work be The Crucible. I have to get them ready for the state writing test (persuasive essays) and the state reading test (non-fiction). That’s a lot of pressure as a teacher. I’m very nervous about both tests and how my kids will do on both.

Well, I have about 100 pages to read for my grad school class — I should get to it.

(Look, a new post. I may get back into this blogging thing yet!)

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OMG

I can log into this from work/school! W00t! This is great, really…

No, I just have to put this aside and keep grading the online submissions for my afterschool credit recovery. Yup…all in the pursuit of the almighty dollar. And…now that I’ve been grading some of their work — there is a reason these kids are in a credit recovery class. Their effort seems to be the biggest roadblock to their success.

We’re off and running with the research paper, meanwhile. I’ve got such piss-poor grades for students so far. Various sicknesses have been running rampant at ye olde high school this school year, so I’ve had lots of absences. However, not one of these dear students even considered that their work would automatically be due when they came back from being sick — they have a calendar with every due date. I have LOTS of zeroes in place for people who haven’t turned things in on time. I don’t accept late work with this project. Apparently though, I need to come up with some sort of contingency policy for absences and illnesses, even though they have every due date, on a calendar, from now till the end of the year.

Yup, some of my dear ones are just that smart sometimes.

I’m tired — it makes me whinier and more down about things. I should qualify all this with the statement that I’m looking forward to reading their work — some of the quality of work I’ve seen so far is exciting.

W00t!

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