I was almost late for work this morning because I could not find my keys (they’d fallen under the couch in my living room). It was apparently that kind of morning, though, because Mrs. T, Mr. F, and Mr. L all arrived at the same time I did. Luckily, we made it to our rooms just before the first bell.
In World, students started drafting the second (informational) pieces for their Multi-Genre Projects. It didn’t go quite as well today as it did yesterday; there are a few students in each class who are behind, and there were a bunch who had a hard time focusing today. It’s a Friday, the prom is tomorrow (ninth graders rarely get invited, but they still like to gossip about it incessantly), progress reports just came out, etc, etc… I did my best to keep them on task. They have next class to work on this piece, too, so hopefully it’ll go a bit better when some of these distractions aren’t present.
And in between my World classes, I had a very cool guest in to talk to my APUSGOV students (and any other politically-minded student who asked to be added): Denny Ruprecht, NH’s youngest state legislator (a few days past his twentieth birthday, just through his finals at PSU, and not yet out of braces). He was really nice, and students had a great conversation with them. There are a few who can be counted on to ask questions, and once they got rolling, more and more put their hands up. They covered all kinds of topics. And another cool thing: a few students I didn’t even know came at the start of the block to ask if they could stay to hear him speak. Maybe they came to be with their friends, maybe they came for the politics, doesn’t matter. I said yes, of course.
I also dashed out of a ninth grade house meeting during Block 5 to meet a campaign staffer for Cory Booker, who wanted to talk about potential internship opportunities for students. I’ve said this before, but I take meetings with everyone who contacts me, and pass on every internship application because it’s such a great thing to get involved with a campaign. There’s nothing like the NH primary; it’s a singular experience to work it.