It snowed this morning- the first snow!- so everyone was a bit giddy. Mr. T and I were looking out the windows and grinning like little kids before the first bell, and I was texting pics to my teacher friends in southern states.
My APUSGOV students were working on projects for all of Block 1, so that was chill. But then I was all alone for a double block in the Cavern of Learning because Mrs. T was at a conference. Students started class with end-of-unit reflections. After that, I had them get into groups, and do some stations on African Culture (watching a video clip about traditional art, answering some geography questions, reading folk tales), plus two on grammar and vocab for Mrs. T. It’s a lot of moving parts, and I was exhausted by the end of it, but it went SO well. I’m wicked happy about it.
I spent Block 5 grading reflections, and then Ms. J and I went to a PD workshop because mentors and mentees are supposed to go to two together. I had to go in a dress and heels, with a full face of make-up, because I had to dash to a thing right afterwards.
I’m not saying I did my nails while stopped at a red light (fast-dry clear polish)… but I’m not saying I didn’t.
So what was the thing?
It was a fancy Democratic Party dinner, which I got to attend with four of my APUSGOV students. (the Republicans will give us tickets to their fancy dinner, too, but it’s later in the year). We had such a ball. Joe Kennedy III was the keynote speaker, and a bunch of candidates and elected officials were in attendance. They all love talking to young people, so it was such a cool opportunity for these girls. One of our state reps actually walked Joe Kennedy right up to them, which was SO nice.
I know a lot of the staffers working on the various campaigns because I staffed the presidential when I was in college. A lot of my campaign colleagues couldn’t believe I gave it up- and easily, too- because they couldn’t imagine not being “in the room” forever… But I still got to be in the room tonight, and being there with my students was the way I was meant to do it.