First day, sans kids

I reported to work today. Pretty interesting. There was a whole crop of new teachers … about eight of us. Many of us are there with alternative certification, too. The teachers and administration all seem pretty nice. Sounds like they don’t take any crap from the kids; from what the VP said, he suspends liberally.

I got my schedule today. Hmm. The time I spent making lesson plans for English I and II was … well … misspent. My English class is called English Foundations and will be made up of 10th graders needing remedial instruction. We’ll be going over nouns and verbs and reading comprehension exercises.

I do have a creative writing class. The surprise was learning I’ll be teaching a science fiction class. So, my mind is racing on what books I can teach in the nine-week sci-fi class. That was answered for me. They have lots of copies of Orson Scott Card’s ENDER’S GAME. Of course, I’ve never read it. I don’t really care for science fiction, ya know. Horror, then fantasy. Well, I can see about changing the text later on. Oh, and it’s just the one book, I guess. Another English teacher said he spends five weeks teaching TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Five weeks! On one novel. Wow.

Anyway, that’s it. Three classes. The school is on the block schedule. My planning period is fourth block, which is good because the kids get rowdier later in the day.

In other news … nothing to report.

5 responses to “First day, sans kids”

  1. Ender’s Game is brilliant, and appeals to many non-science fiction readers. Young people can relate to it, too.

  2. Way to go.
    I hope you enjoy this as much as you can. Even on the days the kids are poo heads there is something to be said about making connections with the students and making a difference and all that mushy stuff.

  3. Get them hooked for life :
    1. Library card. Mandatory, wherever they live.
    2. Read a book a month for the rest of their lives.
    3. Read 1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451 and Murdered by Human Wolves.

  4. I don’t know why I find your adventures in teaching so fascinating, but I really do!

  5. I think you’ll see as the class progresses, why it takes 5 weeks to cover one book. Have lots of patience. 🙂 Yeah, I know, coming from me – but that explains why I’m not a teacher anymore, right? 😉
    You’re gunna be great, baby!

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