tylerknott:

Typewriter Series #929 by Tyler Knott Gregson
*It’s official, my book, Chasers of the Light, is out! You can order it through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound , Books-A-Million , Paper Source or Anthropologie *

tylerknott:

Typewriter Series #929 by Tyler Knott Gregson

*It’s official, my book, Chasers of the Light, is out! You can order it through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound , Books-A-Million , Paper Source or Anthropologie *

Because why WOULD our grading system work properly when it’s the end of the quarter and grades are due on Tuesday

everyfiredies:

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I’m pretty sure this is a sales requirement - when schools are shopping for a new grading system they ask “We need one that is reliable almost all the time - but not when we have mass grading happening. Can you do that?”

Finally - a morning to open the patio door - the crisp clean air is appreciated.

I will ignore the weather forecast for later this week, where it says we are supposed to be above 100 again.

Catching up on school life

All work is graded. Still need to do a bunch of pl*nning for class and for Academic Decathlon. I have to read A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. I have a door decor contest to prepare. *sigh*

Going from 90 students to 160 students, plus a section of ELP (independent study for students who have failed classes) students, has pushed me to my limits. It’s so much harder. Everything takes so much longer. Doing the math - if I look at every single paper for one assignment for one minute - that’s 160 minutes - 2 hours and 40 minutes. For one assignment. I have had to rethink what I assign and how I assign it - I do more quick check formative assessments (mini quizzes using technology tools like Socrative, quickwrites, exit tickets, and discussions) with one or two summative ones for end of unit assessing.

I am trying to wrap my head around this and I have only 5 weeks left with my first trimester kiddos. YIKES!

But, there have been some awesome successes, too.

I almost have a complete Academic Decathlon team - YAY!

I have been accepted back wholeheartedly and made to feel like one of the gang again.

I have been able to connect with several kiddos who were less than stellar students and that has helped the daily atmosphere.

I have taken the ELP class and made every single kid walk into my room smiling. :) It’s amazing at what a smile and a “good afternoon” every.single.day will do!

everyfiredies:

Ben Folds Five’s “Brick” is one of those songs that gets sadder as I get older. Maybe I’m more emotional (ick) or maybe I understand the gravity of it better. Either way, excuse me while I try not to sob in Starbucks while grading essays.

Which songs mean more to you now than they did when you first heard them?

Springsteen’s Human Touch cuts deep when you actually climb in and hear the lyrics and the loneliness and longing in the lyrics. This line always gets me:

Yeah I know I ain’t nobody’s bargain
But hell a little touchup
And a little paint…

Of course, there’s also The Freshmen by The Verve Pipe and as someone else mentioned - What Sarah Said by Deathcab for Cutie.

I want this.
I miss this.
I knew the move would take this away from me again, but…
Instead, we have another heat warning - over 100 again. *sigh*

I want this.

I miss this.

I knew the move would take this away from me again, but…

Instead, we have another heat warning - over 100 again. *sigh*

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theattractiveboys:

Shemar Moore 😩🙌

Just started my Netflix binge watching of Criminal Minds…he he he

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Weekly Update…

which is all I am able to do at this point…

I sold my planning period - I will be taking over an ELP section. These are students who have failed a core class and are required to make it up in a “study hall” like class using online curriculum created by the teachers. We have too many students and not enough teachers. And, I was asked because they know I can handle the kids, as they are not the easiest kids to work with. I am excited by the opportunity, but already dread the LONG days.

Then, I will be tutoring after school two days a week and running my Academic Decathlon club at least once a week, until we get further into the curriculum.

Overall, it has been a good start to a great year. I am a bit worried, because I am now 1/4 of the way through my government class. We are on the trimester schedule and it is a one trimester class. Retweaking some ideas to fit better in the timeline.

This week’s low points:

  • Falling down the 2 (yes, 2, chuckle away) stairs in my classroom, in front of my acadec kids, and scraping up my entire left shin. It was quite bloody and quite painful, but I jumped up, held the meeting bleeding and all.
  • Realizing so many of my students face more hurdles than any adult should have to face, let alone these teenagers.

This week’s high points:

  • Having students stay after to ask questions, study for retakes, and just hang out for a few minutes to chat.
  • Starting a conversation with two students about their futures and how anything is possible if you work hard for it. And back up plans are a great idea.
  • Payday Friday!! Which also meant the bi-weekly meet-up with some great teachers.
  • And, a three day weekend!

I should be grading the giant pile of essays I already have…

teaching-everydayisdifferent:

But instead I have:
Watched cartoons/snuggled
Played with Legos
Eaten at least two apples
Made baked oatmeal muffins while wearing fun aprons
Discussed the awesomeness of Olaf panties

I brought all my pl*nning home so I could be ready for the next three weeks. I convinced myself of this so I c/would leave behind all the grading I have to do. Instead of pl*nning, I have:

watched one more season of SVU,

went to the movies and saw Sin City,

went to dinner with my daughter to celebrate my birthday,

skipped a bbq for “new” teachers because I just couldn’t drag myself out of the house to do it (introvert problems),

pl*nned (ok a bit) my soon to happen presidential scavenger hunt.