Mr. F and I were in the hallway before the first bell because we like to greet students when they come in. Mr. F gives high-fives to everyone who passes, and today they were “It’s Friday!” high-fives because it’s been a long, hard week. Mr. J, one of our school counselors, pulled a face as he walked by us and said, “It’s so sad!” Bewildered, we asked why, and- with a completely straight face!- he answered, “Because we’ll have to go two whole days without school now!”
Well played, Mr. J. Well played.
We did some Court Madness quarter-finals today in APUSGOV; I could only do three out of four because a student was absent, but that’s fine. Seniors have scholarship requests due by Monday, and some of them are frantic, so I gave them the last twenty minutes to fill out their applications, ask me (or other teachers) nicely for recs, or do any other work they might have.
I’m told I’m the chillest AP teacher ever. And also “da best!”
It doesn’t take much, apparently, heh.
In World, my students started class by writing current events essays. The last time they did those, I noticed lots of citation errors, so I did a quick review of when and how to do in-texts, which seemed to help a lot of students (from what I saw in glancing over their work). After they’d all turned their essays in, we discussed what they’d written about- everything from the Jonas Brothers, to flying cars, to tensions between India and Pakistan- and then I shifted our focus back to a current event we’d been discussing: the refugee crisis. I showed 4.1 Miles because it’s short, and compelling, and a little bit shocking, too; afterwards, I encouraged students to ask any questions or make any comments they had. Unsurprisingly, they had A LOT to say, and I’m feeling good about the learning that took place.
During Block 5 I did a bunch of grading, then went to the local book store with Mrs. T to pick up an English department book order; there were five heavy boxes of books, including forty (ten copies of four new titles) for our Central Asia Novel Project (formerly the Afghanistan Novel Project… new books = broader settings). Now my shelves are totally full, and it’s awesome.
So, like I said, long, hard week. But it ended pretty well.