I got a new student and he speaks zero English
I spent half of the period teaching him basic english words while teaching the rest of my students about analyzing poetry. I feel like a wizard. I think he appreciated that I spoke in Spanish to him. The rest of my students were so understanding.
I am and have been trying to figure out how to get my 9th graders to talk about sex more comfortably in class.
English teacher problems.
This is awkward because they’re making it awkward. Gotta pull back on the sarcasm for the next few days, I think. Make it more serious.
Damn this play.
I said, “She slept with him” to my Honors students today.
I’m pretty sure you were absent for two weeks so you could ride your dirt bike
Immediately, one boy turned BRIGHT red and started giggling like crazy.
It was kind of cute in an aww you’re awkward but people think you’re cool kind of way.
Then another student said, “Oh yeah, he tapped that.” and I had to discuss appropriate language for class. Teenagers. Weirdos.
Don’t even think about spending the period talking to your friends instead of working.
I’m cranky and you suck.
Parent Conferences: Round 3
I got all proficient on my latest observation.
A lesson in patience.
I didn’t think I’d get many more true and complete lessons in how to be patient on a higher level. I didn’t think there was a much higher level than I have achieved.
This was one of the most trying nights of my year. To hear my student outright blame me for not completing work (while completely lying) in front of me to their parents was one of the most frustrating experiences this year. I never, ever expected that to come from the student.
I literally want to do anything besides go into work tomorrow. Tomorrow will be a lesson in rallying. I honestly feel as if I’ve lost all of my will tonight. Between being exhausted, realizing how many students are so close to failing, and not having time/energy to plan.
Some days I really do not like my job.
Finishing Romeo and Juliet
I’m glad because it was informal and unannounced but I’m a little sad that I didn’t get any exemplary. I figured I would not because the lesson was pretty low-key and we were just reading and discussing.
Still… I want at least one exemplary next time.
My students figured out the ending and now they’re all mad because how dare Shakespeare kill everyone, but they’re also so excited they were smart enough to figure it out in ACT 4.
Putting my foot down: A lesson in discipline
Mid-year conferences and insomnia
Today I was exhausted and, I admit, cranky. I have had really horrible insomnia lately and I’m moving this weekend so this week has been hectic.
First period was good at first and then one kid started talking. I stopped him but not in time—the rest of the class snowballed and would not stop. One kid then got up, went into my desk, and used my stapler while I was giving instruction (all while he was shouting about football to someone across the room). I was frustrated and I yelled. Not a lot. Just enough to show the class that this was not ok and to reinforce the rules The rest of the class seemed to be mad that I yelled at him. I hope that this weekend they get over it.
Later, a student kept pulling his phone out to play a game. First, I told the students to all make sure their phones were away and reminded them that if I took their phone away security would hold it all weekend.
Then, I specifically asked him to put his phone away. Then he pulled it out again and I said that was his absolute last chance. He pulled it out again and I asked him to give it to me. He said no and put it away. I said you had enough chances, give it to me and I will hand it over or security will remove you too.
He gave it to me and I went to call security to take the phone and I did not know the number. I have two students in that class who are ALWAYS getting into trouble in other classes. They saw me looking for the number and offered it to me. Afterwards the whole class was pretty much clapping that I put my foot down because they were so mad at him being rude to me. The two boys who offered me the number were silent the rest of the period because they knew I was not happy and at the end of class they said they were happy I did that.
It’s so weird how it can go so differently. This has definitely been a lesson in discipline.
We have mid-year conferences coming up. Mine is scheduled for Monday and I have very little evidence gathered currently.
I’m moving this weekend.
I didn’t want to do a lot of work this weekend. Now I must gather evidence that I don’t really know if I have. I don’t have pictures of students learning. I have samples. I don’t really have completely written out differentiated lesson plans but I have modified assignments galore. I don’t have documentation of my collaboration with my colleagues because most of it is a long drawn-out conversation over coffee with my grade-level team as we deliriously try to figure out what we need to do and where we are.
I hate this evaluation system because I’m just not prepared for it.
Someone tell me that the mid-year conference is going to be ok?
Also, I had my first unannounced walk-through observation today and it went REALLY well! My students were so ON! They were excited, they were analyzing, they were discussing, they were debating, they were enjoying Romeo and Juliet. My boss was so pleased. I don’t want to disappoint her with my conference and lack of evidence on Monday. Help.