A New Year Has Begun

One week into the new school year and I have to stop myself to count that we have 175 more days to go until summer vacation.  This isn’t a sign that I don’t like my job/kids/administration/getting up in the morning.  It simply means that I’m even more keenly aware of the short amount of time that I have for the 2013-14 school year.  I know, I really should be studied by professionals to detect what keeps me just as excited and optimistic at the beginning of my 8th year of teaching as my first.

I made the swift change from 9th grade English to 11th/Creative Writing/AP Language and Composition, and while I do miss the content of my former grade level, I cannot begin to tell you the thrill that it is to work with the older students.  AP keeps me humble; Creative Writing requires me to stay playful and flexible; 11th grade American Lit keeps me grounded.

Here are some photos from my new classroom.

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The big strip of white surrounded by blue that is hanging on my wall is our QUOTE ME board. I covered it in contact paper so that you can write on it with dry-erase markers and erase.

 

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In other news, I have found some amazing pictures of vintage-style ads for modern social media on Bookoisseur’s Tumblr page.

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