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Anyway, the first two weeks of school have been AMAZING, in addition to tiring. Here are some of my favorite snapshots:
- My mom came to my school after one of the teacher workdays and brought me this awesome care package! She is so proud of me for getting this new position! (And so excited that I'm teaching high school now: after all, she is a high school principal.) It's full of all kinds of useful school supplies and I feel like I'm getting a hug from her whenever I use one of them.
|My mom is awesome!|
- On the first day, after my usual "about me" talk, I let the students ask me whatever they want. One girl, who had told me earlier that she doesn't like little kids, asked if I like little kids. (I do!) Then a boy (who I have since learned is one of the sweetest high school boys you could possibly work with) raised his hand and asked, "Do you like kids like us?" (Of course I do!) That simple question took my breath away. After all, isn't that what all kids want (and need) to know on the first day of school?! Do you like kids like us? Sadly, my predecessor in this position apparently did not, especially boys of his ethnicity. I hope I show them every day that I do.
- On the first Friday, the school I now work at played the school I graduated from in football! It was surreal and a blast, and the kids got a kick out of asking me who I was rooting for. (My new school, of course!)
- I found out that one of my sophomores had a baby last year. Wow. And she is such a hard worker! I don't know how she does it, and I admire her persistence a lot.
- After we talked about choosing a "just right" book and I recommended a few books to them, many students were excited to check out books. In the afternoon, I mentioned that some of my highest recommendations were already checked out by some of my morning students. I didn't expect this reaction: "M. checked out a book?!" "Are you serious? He doesn't check out books!" "Yeah, M. doesn't read!" All the hours I spent organizing the mess of books into bins, buying new books so the kids will have high-quality books for choice reading, and making cute book bin labels are already paying off. (By the way, the book was Origami Yoda.)
- I always have my students bring in a special object from their country's culture and share with us about their country. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount and quality of questions that students asked in all classes. (I had planned to make each group come up with a question for each person, but I didn't even have to tell them to!) Moreover, in my afternoon class the sharing turned into the most amazing discussions! (I hope to write more about this another day.) It was awesome to see the students genuinely interested in each other's countries and valuing each other's cultures.
- I've already had an amazing time writing for my students and sharing my writing with them. This is one of the things I was most excited about in this new position, and it's as wonderful as I had hoped!
- To top it all off, we have a gorgeous view from the classroom window and we had incredible visitors in 3rd period today! It was a great chance to crowd around the window, let nature seep into our souls, and have a quick discussion about how writers have to be good "noticers"!
|a mid-morning surprise!|