Saturday, August 30, 2008

Oh, holy cow!!

How long has it been?? Way too long. I'm going to quickly update you all, then I have grading to do. I miss blogging!!

  1. I've been married for nearly a year.
  2. I taught summer school over the summer and will never do it again. It was horribly disorganized, and the kids were a mess. Imagine all those kids who failed junior English in one classroom...not a good time at all.
  3. School has begun again. I have remedial freshmen, and average sophomores and juniors. My students are great so far (knock on wood). I don't have any one class that I think will be challenging...but we'll see.
  4. I've got a Romanian exchange student, and she's about as adorable as it gets. She calls me "teacher" in this very respectful tone. I feel like she should be bowing whenever she says it. My kids are learning a lot from her.
  5. I'm going back to school to get my Masters in Reading. I'm really excited/nervous to be a student again. I don't know if I remember how to do it. I find my coursework absolutely fascinating, but very difficult. I'm nervous for the first paper I have to write, as it's been a looooooong time. We'll see how it goes. I'm really excited to share what I learn from it though. So far we've been checking out picture books and looking at how young students discuss them. The program is really popular among elementary school teachers. I think I'm the only high school teacher in the program, but I'm excited regardless. I'm finding things that I can use with my own kids...even if they are a bit older.
  6. We already had a meet the parents type night, and I had very few show up. It was really disappointing. I'm not sure how much parent support I'll be getting this year.
  7. My dept. is a lot different from what it has been in the past. We have so many open-minded teachers this year. I'm actually being allowed to try literature circles in my freshman class. I'll definitely be keeping you all updated on that. I'll need to remind myself how its going and how to improve it for next year.
  8. Oh, freshmen. Need I say more??
I don't think I have anything else. I will be checking up with my "Must-reads." If anyone still reads this, let me know. I've missed the Edublog world!!


rabi said...

hi! glad your year is off to a good start. I have all juniors this year, which is thrilling to no end.

Ms. H said...

Welcome back!!!!

Things seem to be going well for ya -- YAY!!!!

the teacher said...

Welcome back to the have been missed.

I started my Masters in Middle School last Sept. and so I am now half way through it. I VERY much love learning so I am having a blast.

It took me about two weeks to get back in the swing of things. Sorry if you think it gets easier to start the year the more you do it because it is generally rough for everybody.

Enjoy....Strausser from "a voice from the middle" (you remember me as "A Teacher's Perspective")

Beloved said...

Welcome you back!
I am a Chinese girl.
I am 18.
I want to improve my English.Could you help me?

KauaiMark said...

"...summer school over the summer and will never do it again. It was horribly disorganized, and the kids were a mess"

No surprise there. Summer school tends to have the kids that messed around during the regular year.

Lessons I Have Planned said...

i can imagine how you go about in the teaching world but i salute people like you. hands are always full and yet knows her limitations and readily accepts them. you are perfectly normal. i'm a teacher too in my country the philippines. it makes me feel proud to be on the same boat as you are. :) keep it up!

Ashleigh said...

I enjoy reading your blog. I hope to see more!