Aug 29 2013
Sorry. It’s been a while. I’ve become a full-time high school English teacher plus the school’s Speech and Debate Coach. First week of school is almost over (What?!) so I thought it’d be a good time for reflecting…
Day One seemed to never end. We have 4 90-minute classes a day (3 + a prep period) and I swear those 90-minutes were forever. I ended up teaching 4th period while sitting on the window ledge because my feet were so sore. I left my room that night at 9pm.
Day Two went by SO quickly. I swear I blinked and suddenly it was lunch and then suddenly it was over. I had my first “oh shit this lesson isn’t working…ABORT IT!” moment during first period English 11. I realized that having them read silently and discuss articles at 7:50 in the morning was not going to work. So, I scrapped the lesson in the middle and adapted. It went so much better — the AP even came by and popped her head in the door, saw that they were all reading and taking notes silently and diligently, and she whispered to me “My, what a well-behaved class!” It was definitely the right time for her to see them. I left my classroom at 8pm, so that’s improvement.
Day Three went awesomely. I felt more confident in my style, I gave the English 11 class time to work on “fun things” (like collaging their viewpoints on America) and was able to better implement my classroom management skills.
Speech and Debate has been interesting. It’s a transitional year for the program and luckily it seems like most students are excited and ready to embrace change (not all, but most). I’ve finally gotten them on my side — in fact, on day two, 10 students came into my room within 15 seconds of the lunch bell ringing and just made themselves at home and hung out while eating. That definitely made my day.
I am working at the best school in the district, with the best colleagues I could ever even dream of, with students that are excited to be at the school.
tl;dr: I’m now a full time high school English teacher and will be sporadic on here. But: I’m so excited for what is to come.