Category: middle school

Day One Hundred Fifty-Six

C’mon. This is adorable:

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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!

Bonus Day

Today there was a middle school home meet, so we had a short practice and then we all helped out at that. The high school kids were our hurdle crew, our field event officials, and our results runners. The Head Coach and Coach T handled timing, I did the clerking, and we put on a great little meet.

It’s an aspect of track and field that I really like, even though it cuts into our training time, because it builds positive connections when older athletes help officiate meets for the younger ones. I did it in high school and college, too, and I remember how meaningful it was to talk to the younger athletes, who looked up to my teammates and I and wanted to be just like us. It’s the same for the kids I coach now; it gives them a chance to be positive role models, and it’s for them good to give something back to the community. 

“No food or drinks allowed”

Meanwhile, all teachers everywhere:

“No food or drinks allowed”

Meanwhile, all teachers everywhere:

About my side hustle …

About my side hustle …

Regular

The amount of completely bogus tall-tales I overhear from sixth graders is enormous.

Regular

The amount of completely bogus tall-tales I overhear from sixth graders is enormous.

Conversation

6th grader: Miss, do you ever say to yourself, MAN! I miss second grade!

Conversation

6th grader: Miss, do you ever say to yourself, MAN! I miss second grade!