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.