Day One: Year Twenty-One

Posted on August 22, 2013Filed Under Back to School | 1 Comment

More dot dot dotness…

I know it’s a cliche in this bidness, but it does seem like the kids get younger-looking/acting every year. I know it’s just me getting old, but still… some of them this year look/act like they’re about five. But they are pretty dang polite this year.

In the seventh grade quad*…

“Excuse me, do you work here?”

No, I just carry a stick around and tell people to spit out their gum. Sorry, I shouldn’t be so flip; he was a very polite young man who was asking for help for his buddy who was having locker trouble. (“You have to make sure you go past the first number!” Why is that so hard?)

The sit and stare was in full bloom today as it hasn’t been in awhile. You know, you throw out a question or you make a joke or you ask for a volunteer or you say raise your hand if, and you get…

Sit and stare. Fidget a bit. Three hands and one kid who blurts out a non sequitur.

They seem better prepared this year. Only about four came in empty handed.

“Where’s your shtuff?”

“I left it in my locker…”

“What? What do you think we’re going to do in here for fitty-four minutes, have circle time? Go get it!”

Still way better than most years…

So far only one kid with an obvious ‘tude. It lasted about 90 seconds. This is good bunch at heart. Mebbe the stick had something to do with it, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

I asked how many kids had siblings who had had me for a teacher. In one class it was about 75%. In another it was at least two-thirds. The scary part is that I barely remembered about half the names they threw at me. But then again, that always happens. Sometimes I don’t realize kids are siblings until halfway through the year, and I start to see their personalities develop and the light bulb goes on. Or I see them together at Open House or some other thing, and the little guy in the mental archives finally gets around to finding that file, and I go…

“Wait a minute… You… him… NOW it makes sense.” I have a feeling that’s going to happen a lot this year.

Oh and one more beautiful thing about this year. It’s sort of a get-out-of-jail-free year with regard to state testing. Since our district has already decided to make the move to Common Core, they convinced our school board to basically completely ignore the STAR results this year. The new robo-test for the CC ain’t near ready for prime-time yet, so our district is in a ‘tweener year where there really is no test.

New principal, new vp, polite kids, no state testing to worry about, beautiful weather. It’s shaping up to be a pretty good year.

 

 

 

 

* They have sort of segregated themselves that way over the years, until we finally just started calling it the seventh grade quad. The ironic part is, since it’s near the library it used to be called the “quiet quad.”  Hahaha. As if.

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One Response to “Day One: Year Twenty-One”

  1. Heather on August 27th, 2013 8:53 am

    Virginia is still resisting the Common Core, so I look forward to hearing more about your thoughts on national standards. Here they are pretty much seen as the evil gub’mint trynna’ tell us what to do.

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