Here’s my week in review, but be warned; my writing is somewhat scatterbrained at the moment.
- I had a migraine most of the week, which kind of set the tone for my week.
- My CT had to take two personal days this week (yesterday and today) which left me in charge of the classroom with a substitute to babysit me. This led to many adventures.
- These adventures were all learning experiences, and I’m glad I’ve had the experiences.
- The head of the English department (Mrs. T) observed my third hour class, and she’s given me some really great advice.
- Yesterday, she suggested that I read the novel to the kids occasionally. So I tried it, and some of my classes loved it. Others hated it. But for the class that hated the very idea, it was a motivator to get them to read on their own. It’s interesting how what works for one class doesn’t always work for others.
- One of Mrs. T’s other suggestions was to let my kids take notes on the board while I lecture/lead discussions. I tried it during third and fifth hours today. Let me tell you; it works brilliantly. Kids who never participate suddenly throw their hands up in the air when you say “Who wants to write on the board for me?” It was such a gratifying experience for me in that I could see their involvement-and our discussions had more flow to them. Amazing.
- Yesterday, I turned my alarm off in my sleep and overslept by an hour. Somehow (by the grace of God and with the help of Momsy) I made it to school on time and made it through the day.
- A near-fight broke out between two girls in one of my classes yesterday. I took one look at the situation, realized that I couldn’t handle it, and booked it to grab Mr. H who teaches across the hall. He handled the situation while I watched-so I could learn from him. And then after school, we sat down and he “unpacked” the situation for me so I would know what to do if I ever came across such a situation again.
- And now it’s Friday, so I have a weekend to get caught up on grading and knitting.
- Le sigh.