Sorry for the silence, but the internship doesn’t allow me much time to actually get to blogging during the day and I am too tired to do it at night. I know, excuses, excuses.
So I am on day 3 of the first week. So far there aren’t kids – per say – we had some freshman and then the sports students running around this week, but no ‘teaching’ yet. I did get to teach some of the staff how to use Office 365 (THANKS GOVERNMENT JOB!!!!) as PWCS are all switching to that this year.
My mentor teacher is AMAZING. Like. AMAZING. I love her. She is brilliant, kind, nurturing and hilarious.
Today is an inservice where we have to go to another school for training. I am very lucky that I am starting this semester because I get the low down on the beginning of school, I get training – a lot of training – and the culmination of this experience is Christmas. I mean hello. Christmas.
But, it’s August.
So I have 16 weeks of this semester, and I am already almost through week 1. My teacher is also so nice that she is letting me take Friday off so I can prepare as much as possible.
I take over the class on September 15. I should say classes. I will be teaching 1 AP 11th grade English Class, and 2 regular English Classes. I’m not really nervous about the regular ones, but I am kind of scared about the AP one. I mean how do you teach kids who are most likely going to be smarter than you?
Also… dress code. I am going to have to be the skirt and shirt police. Great. How am I supposed to tell girls that the skirt is too short, when it’s their cheerleading uniform? Eep. I’m sure the words will come – but they won’t be eloquent.
I have a massive unit project I have to do to get through this semester, and while I am going to have more than enough time to prepare, I am worried that it will flop. Like a belly flop.
I will start out with a pre-assessment, then go through the unit with formative assessments, and then culminate with not a test, but a Multigenre Research Project. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS.
Since it is for the Revolutionary Period of Literature this is how I saw it going:
- Pre-assessment Quiz:
- 10 questions on the period of the revolution (Historical and Literature)
- Formative Assessment 1:
- Create a pamphlet (like Benjamin Franklin did) to persuade others to your side of an issue
- Formative Assessment 2:
- Vocabulary Quiz on terms regarding this time period
- Formative Assessment 3:
- Research sources, notes, and outline of project
- Culminating Project
- Multigenre Research Project and Presentation
Each item will come with a grade, 0-100, holding a certain percentage like this:
- Pre-assessment Quiz – 0%
- Formative Assessment 1 – 25%
- Formative Assessment 2 – 15%
- Formative Assessment 3 – 25%
- Culminated Assessment – Project 25%/Presentation 10%
Or something to that effect. Any teachers our there that would like to give me some advice are more than welcome to!
The running is still going. I am trying to do something active everyday, whether it be run or something else. I ran the past two days, and plan on 4 miles this afternoon, with a Workout DVD tomorrow. I might run 8 miles today and then 4 miles on Friday to shake out my legs for Saturday’s long run. We shall see how I feel.
Well that’s all I got folks!