Category: ninth grade college visits

Day One Hundred Thirty-Nine

I don’t take work home if I can help it. If I can’t get everything done during my prep time, I would rather sit at my desk and do it than take it home. Once or twice a year, that means I stay super late. Usually, it happens when my prep time is taken up by meetings, or if I’ve been out. 

Today it happened because I was on a field trip. And I had track practice.

The field trip was a ton of fun; we took about forty ninth graders down to UNH and took a tour. We had a fun tour guide, and the kids in my group asked her a bunch of questions. That was great because some years they don’t ask anything. So I thought it was a good day. 

It was also a drama-free day until a girl’s nose started bleeding during the ride home. Buuut Mr. J had the first aid kit, and the bus driver had paper towels, so we dealt with it. Apparently, someone puked yesterday. I’d rather have the bloody nose.

We got back to school a few minutes before the afternoon bell, so I had just enough time to straighten up my room (for a day with a sub, it wasn’t bad) and change for practice. It’s one of the nicer days we’ve had for practice, so we were able to do some good work. I took the 4×1 teams to do baton passes because those always need practice, and all the sprinters did starting blocks and then laid down some 150m repeats.

Afterwards, I went up to my room to prep for tomorrow and do all my grading. I left around 6:45. It was still light out, so that’s all right (it’s way rougher to pull a late night during the winter). And now I’m home relaxing, so all is well!

Day One Hundred Thirty-Eight

Today was a bit wacky because it’s ninth grade college visit time; every year we take all the freshmen to visit one of three colleges: a private college, a state university, and a community college (they choose which one to visit) Half the freshmen went today, and the other half will go tomorrow.

I had APUSGOV today, so I asked not to chaperon (but I will tomorrow). We’re doing FRQ practice in preparation for the AP exam, and I really didn’t want to leave the class with a sub who couldn’t answer their questions. And I would have missed several hilarious stories about the massive Key Club conference that happened last weekend.

Some days, that class is just perfect.

During Blocks 3 and 4, I had half my team’s freshmen in the Cavern of Learning. It was kind of a study hall day; the other team teachers and I compiled list of things kids have due next week (paper revisions, math problems, novel reading, etc…) and I told them they could work on any of it. Some kids goofed off and had to be redirected, but most were grateful for the time. It’s a busy part of the year, especially for spring athletes. 

I sat and graded, for the most part, so it was a super low-key day for me. 

At practice, we shook out our sprinters’ legs with a set of 400m and 300m repeats, and a long, slow cool down afterwards. It’s still cold, but the sun was out, and everyone was in high spirits!