First Week Back

The first week back to school is half over. I have been testing summer reading assignments and establishing routines. I am enjoying getting to know the new students and seeing the old ones again. I feel very lucky to be working at my school. I have taught in some difficult places and worked with some difficult faculty, but the teachers and administration at my school are collegial, friendly, helpful, intelligent, and fun to work with. The atmosphere in our teachers’ lounge is unlike any other I’ve seen — everyone seems happy and no one complains about constant discipline issues. It’s really a pleasant place to be.

Today, a student I taught last year said that he heard I was leaving at the end of this year. I’m not. I’ll stay as long as they’ll let me! I wonder where those rumors get started. That’s an odd one.

I am really excited about some things I’m doing this year. I’m going to try a Socratic seminar with my 10th graders on The Color Purple next week. I think it will be interesting to hear what they say. The challenge will be for me to stay quiet!

Friday we’re having our Field Day, which I think is a great idea, because the students get to know each other and have a day of fun at the beginning of the year rather than at the end. I just wish it wasn’t so hot here. It’s fun for the faculty to participate, too — at least I enjoyed it last year.

It looks like I’m going to be grade level advisor for the 10th grade this year, which may mean that I can go to Boston again on the 10th grade trip. I would really enjoy that, but I would understand if they want to give someone else the opportunity to go.