They try to mime and be quiet like:
They try to mime and be quiet like:
We had two evening teacher workshops this year, which actually count as one of our required 187 days (I don’t question contract math), which means…. TODAY WAS THE LAST DAY! IT’S SUMMER!!!!!!
I had very little to do today because I’m obnoxiously quick, and I had all day yesterday to do stuff, so I helped Mr. F clean up his room. Then Mrs. T and I helped Mr. E move stuff from his current classroom down to a classroom on our floor because he’s going to be the science teacher on our ninth grade team next year. We’re definitely excited to have him.
There was a brief faculty meeting that was really just a send off for The Principal, who is retiring. He commended us all for getting through what was a really tough year and staying positive, and acknowledged it wasn’t always easy. Those of you who read regularly know that we had the toughest, most in-crisis freshmen class I’ve ever had, and then there were all these crazy, unexpected things that the whole school community had to deal with: Incidents the police were involved in, major catastrophes in the local area, the lockdown, the pipes bursting, and everything else… I tend to sum it up with a quote from C.S. Lewis: “Experience, that most brutal of teachers. But you learn. My God, you learn.”
I did learn, and it will make me better, but I am also so, so relieved that this year is done.
I shook The Principal’s hand after the meeting, and thanked him for his support over the years. He really did champion young teachers, and encouraged us to be bold and creative, and I benefited hugely from that.
And that… was that.
Until next year!
Teachers are like:
Students are like:
I was asked to emcee my school district’s teacher’s association’s end of year banquet dinner a few weeks ago… and they asked me to do a comedy bit. I did a fake “hourly comic day” as a day in the life of a teacher. ZERO people listened to the bit while they ate their fajitas and cupcakes, but here are some of the drawings I did!
Maybe they remind you of your day at school, that was kind of the idea of the bit.
Today was the last day of finals. I didn’t have any to give, and my grades were done yesterday, so I spent the morning cleaning my room (read: scraping gum off the bottoms of tables ew), updating my syllabi for the fall, that sort of thing. After that, I took everything off the ninth grade house bulletin board I’m responsible for, and made sure the kids in the club I advise had done the same with their bulletin board (they had).
As a thank you gift for all the work we did during the reaccreditation process this year, we were treated to a free lunch, which was delicious. It was a nice day, so everyone hung out on the picnic tables outside the cafeteria afterwards. There’s a little basketball court there, too, so it wasn’t long before a few of the guys I work with started a game of Horse.
Obviously, I had to join them.
Now, here’s the thing: I wear dresses and high heels to work nearly everyday, and today- despite it being the students’ last day- was no exception. I was looking fancy. So everyone got a kick out of it when I stepped onto the court and proceeded to drain my first shot. What’s even better is that the SRO- who is a big, young, athletic guy- was the next to shoot, and he totally missed.
I didn’t end up winning, but I did acquire one heck of a cheering squad (which included all the female administrators in the building, naturally), and finished in a respectable third. It was tons of fun.