Today's post is in three parts.
Part 1: Young Adult Novel Unit.
My freshmen finished reading their novels yesterday. Really. They finished. And all but maybe two liked the books they chose. Really. Liked a book. Liked reading.
And the kicker is. THEY WANT TO DO IT AGAIN. As they turned in their activities yesterday, I handed them a small square of paper. I told them I wanted them to write me a note about this unit. They were to be totally honest. I just wanted to know if they really liked the unit. If they thought I should do it again next year. What they thought about the timing and the activities. They could tell me anything they wanted to.
Only one student didn't like the unit. One out of forty. And I think her biggest problem was she didn't like the book she chose.
I may do it again before school is out. Maybe after Romeo and Juliet....
Part 2: My Author-To-Be
If you've ever wondered about the expression "Over the moon", I have the perfect example today--my author-to-be. She's dancing and giggling around school today because the book her poem was published in arrived in the mail! I'm sure she has shown every teacher at the school and most of the students. I put congratulations in the morning announcements, just in case she forgot anybody.
Part 3: What Teacher's Do at Inservice
Yesterday was inservice. Our students let out at 12:15, but we don't have anything scheduled until 1:00. Usually, most of us spend that time working in our rooms. But the last couple, our new principal and the Building Leadership Team have planned little activities for us. Yesterday, being Pi Day, one of our math teachers brought pie (after another one got pie in the face! Fundraising at it's best!). So of course, we ate!
And, if you felt the need to work the pie off--or the stress of the week--there was badmiton set up in the gym. Not nearly as many people opted for the badmiton!
I'm hoping for "rolly" chair races next time!