Today started with APUSGOV. I collected papers on civil rights policy-making (I asked them to argue for a policy change that would advance the cause of civil rights, so I got papers about prison reform, mandatory minimums, paid maternity leave, additional protections for transgendered people, etc… all very well written), went over the FRQ quiz they’d done last class, gave out some AP exam study materials, and let them have the rest of class to work on Policy Projects.
I admit that not a ton of work got done. Students were absent (it’s a group project), it’s the day before spring break, the looming exams are making us all a bit silly… But it’s all right. They did enough, and they’ll pick it up after break.
I taught the same lesson in World as I did yesterday (the one good thing about the snow day on Monday is that it allowed us to end this week on the second day of our schedule rotation), and it went well. I didn’t have as many questions as yesterday, so the discussion wasn’t as rich initially- and I figured that would happen because these are my quieter two classes, and, again, it’s the day before break. In my Block 3, at least, though, the questions all came in the last ten minutes of class; I wrapped up the lesson, and hands went up, so… awesome.
I spent my lunch supervising Mrs. T’s class so she could go to a meeting. A bunch of my activist students spent their lunches writing letters to Congress about gun violence- and encouraging others to do so- because it’s the anniversary of Columbine. They opted for that instead of another walk out, and I support their efforts.
Kids are gonna change the world.
And now? Spring break!