My APUSGOV students were discussing some things this morning: the new abortion laws in Alabama and Georgia and the broader strategy of trying to challenge Roe, the influence of religion on conservatism, the Second Amendment, the militia movements out west, divorce law, online radicalization… This wasn’t a formal discussion. They were working on projects, and a couple of them started talking about Alabama, and a couple more chimed in- and I’m talking, like, throwing thoughts across the room while typing information about the NH state government- and I occasionally got asked for my two cents. And the conversation bounced from thing, to thing, to thing. It was fascinating, and it was obvious students had strong opinions, but it wasn’t contentious or ugly. If anything, they’re tired of the ugliness and extremism that tends to dominate the discourse, especially in the online spaces they occupy.
So that was neat.
In World, I read over lots of student writing because there was a 100% turn-in rate on drafts for the first piece (expressive) in The Multi-Genre Project! That’s huge, given the struggles so many students had to meet deadlines on the last project; something has clearly clicked for them, and I made sure I took note and told them how proud I was of their work. I’m all about ending the year on a powerful, high note.
I had a meeting during Block 5, followed by another meeting, and then I had practice! It’s the last practice before our conference championship, and we got a surprise visit from Dee, who’s up visiting his folks for the weekend. It’s always good to see him and catch up. He’s old enough now that none of the kids on the team knew him, so they treated him with a bit of awe when he started vaulting and giving advice to our vaulters. They were pretty adorable thanking him afterwards, too.
I rue the day when he settles down in southern NH and ends up helping out a rival team…