C’mon. This is adorable:
That was one of many Teacher Appreciation treats from today. I also got candy, cards, fun trivia games, and a big hug from a former student who’s home from college. I love my job without this stuff, but it’s all really sweet, and it makes me happy.
I had most of my APUSGOV students in class today- a handful were taking the AP Lit exam- so we cheered the fact that the exam was over, DID NOT DISCUSS IT, and launched into the final unit of the course: state and local government. There’s actually a state law governing at least some of what I teach in this unit, which was a fun fact to lead with. Once I went over the unit outline, I assigned the first reading: the NH state constitution. It’s kind of a beast, so I’ll lecture on the main points next class.
In World, students continued their Multi-Genre Project research, and some even started outlining and drafting, which is fantastic. I think the talks Mrs. T and I had about work ethic and utilizing class time have registered with them; so far, everyone is really engaged and enthusiastic. I’m getting great questions, as well. I’m just hoping they maintain this momentum through the whole project.
Every year, there’s a topic or two that a lot of students choose for their projects. Last year it was gun violence because of Parkland and the subsequent shootings, and so far this year the popular topics all deal with science. Like, a bunch of girls in my Block 2 class are researching developments in medicine, and everything they’re discussing is wicked complex, so it’s really cool to listen in on their conversation. Pollution- particularly ocean pollution- is another popular topic because lots of students have seen images of those trash islands on the news. A bunch of my student-athletes chose doping in sports, too. Some of the stats on that are mind-blowing.
Practice was short today because we had a middle school meet to officiate, which we- us young assistant coaches and our athletes- did while wearing face paint in our school colors (because why wouldn’t we?) My sprinters ran 150m repeats, then we played a game of duck-duck-goose on the infield before the meet started. Yes, that’s actually a great game for sprinters to play, and it’s been a while since I’ve done it at a practice, so it had to happen. More fun will be had tomorrow!