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December 10, 2011

Just returned from a meeting with the English Dept. In its new and reduced form of course.  One 12th grade teacher skyping in and the 10th grade teacher now gone.  Good and exciting changes are happening.  We are preparing for getting our content, strategies, scaffolds, rhetoric and methodology to be more unified across grade levels and throughout the school as a whole.  Good stuff, hard work!

To bed!


Rare Anonymous Student Photo -from Halloween!

December 10, 2011

A foray…

December 10, 2011

Well, the first semester of my first year as a high school English teacher is wrapping up!  Finals are next week and I am ready for two weeks off!!!!!!!  So are all my kids, they are stressed out and wigging out and trying to get all their make up work in and coming around to my office hours to ask me what their grade is about a million times a day (okay, that’s just a few of them).

I think we are all in desperate need of the clean slate that the new semester will bring.  I’ve been making a mental list of the things I need to do to prepare for the new semester:

1. Clean and rearrange Room 307!  -Because it is now MY room!  I am so psyched about this.  It’s because the 10th grade English teacher is quitting between semesters which is not actually awesome at all (hello upheaval, disruption, kids feeling abandoned).  However, the silver lining for me is that now I don’t have to teach in three different rooms!  Hallelujiah!

2. Finish planning the Kindred unit -really excited to teach this excellent and radical book!

3. New seating charts, beg the Environmental Science teacher to do some table swapping, other house keeping chores…

But of course, before I can begin any of that I must get through the 11th grade’s final, which is Tuesday, and finish all my grades and have my semester Advisory closure and get all my attendance in!  Yikes!  I seem to have misplaced ALL of it for the quarter of 12th grade English I subbed in the Fall.  OOPS!

I promise that normally I have far more scintillating and thoughtful things to say about social justice and equity, but today is just chatty teacher intro.

xo Ida