Friday, June 20, 2008

Revisions of Revisions

At my last posting, I announced my decision to go back to elementary. Well, I changed my mind again. Why? Well, because.

Some good things happened to me after Spring Break. The first was the trip to Anaheim. I got to know Jim Meyerhoff and Gary Osborne a bit better, and felt we were all trying to do the same thing. They are also CTE teachers, and I felt like was part of something. It was also great to hang out with students for the better part of a week. You feel just a little bit closer to them.

The other really important thing that happened was choosing a new editorial board. I am very fond of the five girls we chose. They are talented writers, and they want to become better designers. I think they are going to be fun to work with. They are also my board. As much as I loved the 07-08 edition, they were Nusser's kids. These guys will be mine, and I will work as hard as I can to support them.

My American Studies classes turned out to be a mixed bag. The morning class ended up being a fun group, but a mixed bunch of students. Some finished the year strong, others just played out the string. The afternoon class was just not fun--some great kids in there, but too many with special needs, and too many others who were just idiots.

My goal for next year is to be more focused in my approach to history, and to learn to become a better English teacher. I'll continue to work at being a stronger journalism teacher and adviser too. In fact, I'm still trying to understand the rhythms of high school. It is a much different gig than elementary. It's harder, the work is more constant and the hours are longer (if you do it properly.)

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