2nd period I had a very meaningful meeting with the ELL teacher about a student who speaks Mandarin Chinese. This is so far outside my comfort
3rd period my AP Government and Politics students were working on earning their badges to show that they have acquired and mastered the tech skills we will be incorporating into class. For many students, this is way outside their comfort zone. Many didn't even know what badges were. I was so excited to see the students who finished early and knew what they were doing circulating around the room to help problem solve and help the struggling students. I didn't even have to ask them. They wanted to make sure everyone was helped. I'm not sure if this is a product of me talking about the fact that the smartest person in the room is the room on the first day and that it was all of our responsibility to make sure everyone is getting it, but they were so great!!
4th-6th periods I held a training for our mentors. We have 65 of them this year. We have a mentoring program where
9th-10th periods I had kids come in and ask if they could put in some extra work on their badges. IT'S FRIDAY folks! These kids inspire me. They want to come in on a sunny, 80 degree Friday afternoon to put in extra work on their badges. I had 20+ kids in my room.
After that I happened to pop into the Superintendent's office (@vanfossenjason). He used to be my principal and he always has an open door policy. I stopped by to simply tell him one thing that could have been accomplished in two sentences. Instead, I was there for almost an hour. We talked about an upcoming
I then sat down for my daily positive emails home. My goal is 5 a day, but the last two days I've done 10+ each day. They are so addicting!!
I then went to the swim meet to witness the first relay of our first home meet set a pool record! Wow!! Way to go, Lady Spartans!!
I would say that the start of my 20th year of teaching is off to an absolutely positive start! I can't wait for each new day. I can't wait to see the kids each morning. I try to find at least 5 kids each day I don't know and say hi and smile. I really do love what I do. I can't possibly imagine doing anything else!
I hope your school year is off to a great start!