FINALLY, it’s happened. I am done subbing for biology and world history and I am finally offically employed at Bending Oaks High School. It went like this- I interviewed in Sept. to become their 11th grade English teacher, but they immediately needed me to sub for one of their teachers who was having lung surgery to remove a tumor. And, of course, the recovery took longer than anyone expected.
This lead to lots of interesting discussions with my students and I, all about what I know concerning genetics, Attila the Hun, and even the Phoenecians.
Okay. So they were very SHORT discussions.
But hey, we all made it through! My students only flunked a few tests (this actually wasn’t my fault- some of the kids went off of their meds and became the poster children for ADD on steroids).
The day after Thanksgiving break was the big moment- finally, an English class all to myself! Finally I can scratch my burning desire to diagram the grammatical structure of sentences on white boards (I seriously LOVE doing this!!). Finally I can discuss the Transcendentalists to my heart’s content.
So there we were, discussing The Cask of Amontillado, having a blast. I told my kids that basically, they were going to suck at discussion for a good long while, but I would have fun antagonizing them until they got better.
If you want to see my syllabus, here it is. Keep in mind that I have been greatly influenced by Dr. Vonk (Aaron Kleist). Also realize that while many of these kids are bright, most of them flunked out of normal public school. Actually, that being said, public school is really really strict here- you can get kicked out for having a nose piercing.
Anyways… here it is:)