Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Updated post

I don't teach math this year. If you read my blog last year you will know how frustrated my kids made me over math. This post sort of summed it all up.

Just wanted you to know that out of my 24 kids last year, I had eight score advanced, and all but two pass the state math test. Yup, they were lazy but kicked into gear when it mattered.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Fall Wrap up

I made it to Christmas break! There were many days I did not think I could do it one more hour. But I did. Now, I have two weeks to regroup, recharge, and relax. 

Because of the unusual challenges I have in my homeroom class, I have little time to shoot pictures. With that group I have not one minute of down time. Thankfully my English classes are better and we get a lot done, plus I get time to gather papers and actually enjoy just being with those students. 

Mrs. Social Studies bravely took on a really cool project during the kids' early civ unit. She had them make bricks at home and then they ran the bricks through a weight and water test. Cool project!

My English kids put my two digital cameras to good use. They were allowed to go out around the school and shoot pictures. I posted about it here. 

My homeroom kids broke the cameras.

Every year the kids create a door display for Red Ribbon week, our anti-drug campaign. My kids won again this year. They surprised me!

I November I took five of my English students to the Oklahoma Writing Project conference. We attended workshops and...

 ...ate at the coolest college cafeteria!

Yesterday we wrapped up the year with a pizza lunch and our holiday party. Our classmates, who are in band, played some of their carols for us.

I realize I am approaching burnout and my goal these two weeks is to turn that around. A teacher in burnout cannot be effective and even though these kids are tough, they deserve much more than a burnt out teacher will give them.