Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Recap 10: The Busiest Day

We have a sub rotation schedule, and my turn comes up today. I'm teaching my friend's Rachel's class.  The bad news is that I know exactly how to really teach it because it's 8th grade English, which I also teach and which we plan together.  Do I get any grading done during the period?  No, I do not.  Do I engage in interesting discussion about Mayella Ewell?  Yes, I guess I do.

Next is our department meeting.  Turns out I've forgotten to sign up my classes for time with acclaimed poet Naomi Shihab Nye, who is visiting our school soon. Why oh why?!

Next is D period.  My boss decides to do a pop-in observation.  It's going to be boring, I tell him.  I'm giving a quiz and then we're watching the first scenes of the film.  Oh well, he shrugs.  I haven't been here in awhile.  He watches the silence.  I feel compelled to circulate meaningfully and also add in a couple of discussion questions as a transition between quiz and film.

Lunch break!  I race madly around getting ready for the afternoon.  Later, I teach two sections of 7th grade, followed by a trip down to my friend Stacy's room to beg her to let me out of yearbook club for the day.  GO, she says.  God bless her. I spend the 30 minutes of tutorial period scribbling grades on mounds of papers.

One more section of 7th grade, and then I print out progress reports for pre-conferencing with the other teachers from 3:30-5:00.

5:35 - arrive 20 minutes late for Mac's tae kwon do class.  Dress him in the car. Shef takes over at 6:00.  7:10 and I'm starving.  Stop at LeeAn Chin and start shoving cheese puffs in my mouth on the way home.  Don't judge.


mm said...

I love Naomi Shihab Nye. Perhaps she would like to stop by my class while she's in town.

Sarah said...

I hope it was ok we stopped by when you were being observed? It didn't dawn on me until we were walking away that there was another adult seemingly observing your class! Sorry! And, I think your dinner choice was perfect!

KC said...

Oh, it was fine. As I said, I was giving a quiz and then watching a movie. Not much to see there, pal!!

jdoc said...

I got a little winded just reading this. Perhaps there could be some bribing that would get your classes to see Naomi Shihab Nye?

Loved the recap challenge, btw. Still need to recap something today, but it will happen.