08 5 / 2014
I applaud Bill Nye for continuing to try, but this is the definition of an uphill battle.
I want to jump out of my skin at this level of ignorance. I’m going to try to shape the rest of this post in such a way that each and every word won’t drip with disdain for the opposing side, but it is so difficult. Climate change is the one argument where I can’t see the other side at all so it’s not easy to write about without using long strings of expletives.
This is amazing.
08 5 / 2014
We have officially hit the full fledged “eighth grade-itis”, flaming negative attitude part of the year.
Ohhhhh it’s going to be a long May.
We have also hit that part. I am dealing with kids who won’t do their work (which I can handle) and a set of rumors that a girl on my team is banging half the school and another set of rumors that another girl on my team is pregnant. Oy vey.
Oh 8th graders. I would really like to just gather them up at the beginning of the year and lock them in a room. Maybe they’ll come out better people. Maybe not, but everyone else will have less of a headache.
18 2 / 2014
I’m tired of snow days. I want to teach.
15 2 / 2014
So all of this snow has left my school with 12 days to make up. My school has decided to lengthen the school day by one hour until the end of April. About 10 minutes will be added to each period (I teach middle school & high school). I’m happy with the choice, but our district is not pushing back the 9 weeks. That means I have 3 weeks to complete 2 chapters for 8th grade science. I usually spend 3 weeks on one. I am thinking about using stations- I’ve thought of several options.
1. 5 minute warm up together; 50 minutes in rotating stations (from 2-6); 5 minute wrap up
2. 30-40 minutes together (possibly split before & after the stations); 20-30 minutes in stations (2-3)
3. no stations at all but “folder stations”- students don’t move but they have different colored folders. At the rotation I set up the next activity for the whole class.
10 2 / 2014
hello tumblrverse. i wrote about my absence on my blog at wordpress. at the beginning of this school year i struggled with what to put where- tumblr, wordpress, pinterest, facebook… I think I’ve figured it out now. SO, I shall be returning to tumblr! i look forward to being part of the community again :)