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Mar 20 2011

March Madness

It’s that time of year..

  • Students take the CSAP (state standardized test)
  • Students are antsy for Spring Break
  • Teachers are ready (and sometimes even show!) they’re also ready for Spring Break
  • Possibly my favorite college sports season rolls around

I’m sitting in the airport on my first day of Spring Break.. and absolutely struggling to keep my eyes open. Though it has been quite the last several weeks, I am actually starting to see several students come around and loved (yes, loved!) teaching this week. Not that I wasn’t wholeheartedly, entirely, ravenously in need of a break, but it helped the week slide by a little faster.

Updates on the classroom/students/etc:

  • I was ushering students to class one morning in February, when I heard an all too familiar cry: “FIGHT!” I ran down the hallway to the commotion, only to find myself in the middle of two of my girls, attempting to pry them off of each other. As I fended off stray punches and wrapped myself around one girl to keep her arms down, it ended up taking 5 of us to get them apart because they wouldn’t let go of each other’s hair. Whew. Crazy start to a day. One of the students, R (the ringleader of the phone culprits) was expelled right after that incident.
  • I had a third student report molestation. Considering how many students I have, and how many of them are comfortable enough to say these things, it terrifies me how many others probably share this experience.
  • We made root beer in order to discover fermentation in action! We’ll see how that combination of brewer’s yeast and root beer extract taste next week..
  • I lost S, my ganster that I made cry, to the other science teacher because he did not want to be in my class any longer.
  • I wore sweatpants to school when I was having insane migraines and feeling nauseous.. only to have my principal give me a formal observation (which actually ended up going extremely well!

ON THE LAST SCIENCE ASSESSMENT, 81% OF MY STUDENTS WERE PROFICIENT (50% of whom scored Advanced) ON THE SHORT ANSWER TEST!!

Plane boarding. Will continue at another point.

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