I guess it isn’t too early to start the end of the school year countdown? Our seniors will graduate on May 25th, I’m pretty sure. It still seems a bit early to start counting days, but then again, it’s been a few years since I’ve taught seniors.
Most of my high school teaching years have been spent with juniors. They are just as ready to wrap up the year, but not as excited (yet!) as the seniors.
Today was a teacher work day for us. Students had a 4 day weekend, and I’m glad for them and for us. Last year (2020-2021), our district started working in these teacher work days. We’d never had them before (we have a daily team planning period, unless you have to do other duties -like sub). It was so crazy last year though because our district offered both face to face and online learning -yes, at the same time- that teachers were losing it left and right. It truly was a nightmare, and one I, a seasoned, and level headed (I think) teacher, barely made it through. The teacher work days they gave us last year were needed very much indeed.
Luckily, and probably due to the positive feedback, the district kept some of those days for this school year and also for next school year. We do appreciate these! We have no campus meeting nor training commitments, unless our department meets, or teams meet to plan, or we individually schedule something. So this means that much of the day, we can use grading, calling parents, creating lessons, building in the learning management system, completing paperwork, etc. Oh, and you know, actually see and talk with other teachers on our campus about stuff! 🙂
Research essays were due this past Thursday for my English dual credit students. While I opened those up in Turnitin.com today, and I was proud I was only missing one (out of 114!), I had a tough time getting in the groove of grading them. I’m not sure why though because every student was able to select his/her own subject, and we’ve been working on this since the beginning of February – not the essay itself but the research process. Maybe I’m having “senioritis” too?
I’m sure I will kick into gear tomorrow on the grading front (hopefully). While I was productive today, it wasn’t exactly as I had planned. But, that’s ok.
One awesome thing that I was able to do today (not the only thing btw) was to meet with one of the Math dual credit teachers and one of the History DC teachers along with my teaching buddy for English. We all were able to sit down together, talk, plan, and visit. I haven’t seen the History DC teacher since September. We’ve all been at our campus over a decade, and it was great to collaborate with them about the college and high school finals coming up.
I know, I know. This post is full of teacher talk LOL I try not to do much of it here because I’m sure it isn’t exciting to most people. I hope all of you had a great weekend.
And I hope nice weather is around the corner for many of my visitors! Down here in SE Texas, we’re just trying to savor these days of 85 and low humidity; the heat is coming and way too fast! Take care!
P.S. JIC you were wondering…only 30 more class days until graduation 🙂