I asked my ninth graders to tell me what they think is important right now. These are their Multi-Genre Project topics:
Today they were supposed to come in with their research notes complete so that they could draft a works consulted page and complete a project outline. If they did that before class ended, they could start drafting their first pieces (expressive pieces). Classes were short today since it was a half day (teacher workshops in the afternoon), so that was a pretty perfect amount of work. One or two students are behind, but I’ll have them come see me next week during flex time; that ought to be enough to catch them back up. Generally, everyone is enthusiastic about their work,
In APUSGOV I lectured on state and local government, which is actually pretty unique in New Hampshire (citizen legislature, two-year terms for governors, an executive council and no lt. governor, town meetings, weak county governments….) And I got about half a dozen questions, which is awesome because it means my post-exam seniors are still curious. I like that.
Also, I got interrupted mid-teach by our Teacher Education students, who have been doing fun things all week, came by to award “Teacher Superlatives,” as voted by the student body. I won “Most likely to win Jeopardy” because I am nerdy and encyclopedic (and a wizard).
I didn’t win “Most likely to win a rap battle,” though. Meh.
After students left the building, our administrators treated us to a fabulous lunch in the cafeteria to close out Teacher Appreciation Week. Then we had some PD on personalized learning, followed by some group work on QPAs. Mr. I was leading the PD, and at one point he was talking about how to teach students to curb their impulsiveness. I may or may not have smacked Mr. F in the arm to demonstrate an impulsive behavior. I’m helpful like that.
I work with serious, dedicated professionals. But, mostly, they’re also ridiculous like me. And that’s the best.