September 2007 Archives

I am still trying to figure out middle school. It IS different from high school. Many of you are thinking, Duh! I'm still figuring out the steps to learning for early adolescents. Last week my teaching assignment was changed. Instead of team-teaching 8th grade science and social studies, I'm team-teaching 7th grade Language Arts. It's hard to make such a change after a month of school, but these things happen. I'm sorry to leave the science classroom, because that is a new subject for me and I was looking forward to that experience. Mr. Spence and I were developing into ...

I just took two days off from school. My husband and I celebrated our silver wedding anniversary - 25 years! I have been married more than half my life. It has passed so quickly, and usually happily. It's the only thing I've done for that long - except for mothering. In my school, like most any school, a lot of the teachers have many many years in the classroom. I look around and see combined centuries of experience. I like to take advantage of their experience - I now have only 3 years in - by asking questions and seeking ...

School's in full swing, yet I feel as though I'm just getting started. I am organizing files, reading the materials for class, trying to remember all my student's names. I'm also trying to remember all the faculty and staff names at my new school - Southern Middle School in Lothian, Maryland. Lothian is a rural/suburban community. The school is surrounded by beautiful open farm land, although housing developments continue to be a cash crop for our community. A good portion of our students live in mobile home parks. Some of our families live in expansive waterfront communities with all ...

First week is over. Whew! As a Department Chair, I teach only one 8th grade class a day. Blue day is Social Studies, White Day is Science, but the group of students is the same both days. The teachers are different -- I co-teach with two general educators. I am the constant between the two classes. In Social Studies, Day One was all the usual administrative stuff. That was followed with brainstorming about the American identity, and brief writing of notes and a paragraph of prose. The "paragraphs" were various lengths, from one phrase to a full page. Day Two ...


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