Well, I've survived the first week of school. I averaged about nine and a half hours each day at school as well as a couple hours of working at home each day. Four preps with three new classes is a lot of work!
Cold War - I wasn't sure I'd be teaching this class until just a couple days before school started. It's the larger of my two classes at the CLC. It may be a struggle to make sure class starts on time since school starts at 7:45 this year (and many students had trouble even getting to school by 8:30 last year. The staff is trying to change the culture of the CLC to increase student accountability and studiousness this year. I think we're off to a good start.
Geography - Second year of teaching this class, so this will probably be my easiest class this year. It's also my smallest class with about twelve enrolled. That's good for us at the CLC because it allows me to spend much more time with students individually when they need help.
Area Studies - My eleventh graders at the high school. This class has gotten off to something of a rocky start. This is easily my loudest class at the high school. Between some more patience-trying students and a couple activities that didn't go over quite so well, it'll be good to move on to new material next week. This class will probably take the most prep time for me.
World History - Two classes of ninth graders. I like these kids and I think we're going to have some fun. Some of the observations they made on the archaeology lesson really impressed me. I'm looking forward to reading what they had to say in their individual interpretations.
Overall things are going well eough. I've got a long list of things to, including organizing the piles that have already accumulated at my desk. Ugh. Now if I could only snap my fingers and instantly learn the names of all of my students.
I've got to share a little student work now. This was for an assignment in my Area Studies class. The students were supposed to write, make a collage, or do anything to express what they know or what they think they know about people around the world. The point of the lesson is to talk a little bit about stereotypes and to reinforce that there's a whole lot that we don't know. The student who produced this can be a handful. Though I think he may be difficult at times, this assignment is making me rethink my initial impressions. He came up with a list of stereotypes and though some are a little less than positive, it is clear that most of what he wrote is pretty tongue-in-cheek. I also like that he worded many items diffferently when he could have gone The French are like this. The Australians are like this. Etc. I think my favorite are Brazil, Switzerland, and Canada.
Chinese people like to eat dog
Somalians have a distinct aroma
Irishmen like to drink beyond belief
Russians enjoy vodka more than any other race
Every Brazilian is phenomenal at soccer
Columbia’s cocaine business outsells its coffee enterprise
Individuals from Switzerland spend their time yodeling
Middle Eastern people keep extra bombs on tap
People from France smoke heavily and are afraid of conflict
Canada enjoys syrup and has a 90 man army
Germans often wear lederhosens and don’t enjoy the Jewish race.
Japanese people like to do calculus for fun
Nigerians often dig for diamonds
About ¼ of Spaniards are homosexuals
Italians make pizza and enjoy plumbing
Jamaicans smoke weed in abundance
Cubans like cigars and communism
Englishmen start the day off right with a healthy portion of tea and cru… [paper was cut off at this point]
Simple pleasure - going to the South St. Paul football game tonight with Sarah