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Ok. So this last week has been crazy busy. You all know what I mean. The end of the semester craziness of:
- semester projects (and getting them graded),
- tests (and getting them graded),
- portfolios (and getting them graded).
- finding the perfect gift (and wrapping it),
- baking the cookies (and frosting them),
- Christmas cards (scratch that--maybe next year).
|I even took pictures of my notebook!|
- I started a new writer's notebook. This makes me inexplicably giddy. It will have a decent start when my new writing classes start in January. I can't wait to show them how I use it. This notebook is so different from my old (but never forgotten) notebook. I bet it will fill up faster too. (On a side note--I found graph paper sticky notes while shopping last weekend. Those excited me also--I love writing notes on graph paper)
- I'm frustrated with my English 9 class. New textbook that I don't feel comfortable with is the main cause. It got better as the semester wore on. I hope to have some time to prepare more over break. I also feel like my freshmen are really immature--not just socially, but in their reading and writing abilities. Need to fix that!
- I'm thinking of tinkering with Creative Writing again. Sharing is still an issue, but I noticed that my students broke themselves into groups naturally and shared through that. Ruth's post on crit groups has me thinking. It's a much more comfortable way for students to share.
- I revisited my New School Year Resolutions. Checked off The Book Whisperer. She and I really do think alike. I have created a new web site for English 9 (oh, did I mention in the craziness I took an online class on Google Apps?). It's finished for class, but I will definitely be working on improving it for the kids.
- A student THANKED me for being tough on him. And trust me, that is a story in itself.
- I continue reciting my quotes when things get rough: Attributed to Buddha, the first is Life is so very difficult. How can we be anything but kind? The other quote that I used as a mantra last summer and will continue to use throughout the year,