Last Day of Summer Thoughts

Posted on August 21, 2013Filed Under Presenting the Book | 3 Comments

As we all know, the longer you teach one grade level, the more you start exhibiting the same traits as your students. Some might say it’s a chicken/egg thing; it could just as easily be the reason you ended up teaching that level for so long is you were that way all along.  Hmmm. (You can revisit Seventh Grader With a Badge for an example. Made a pupa. haha.) So if I say that I am going to really try to “post every school day,” the assertion must be taken with the proverbial grain of salt and with the above kept in mind.

But I am going to try to post something every dang (school) day, even if it’s short. I dunno about the whole tweetering thing. We’ll have to see about that. So here we go…

It’s ellipsis time folks.

The kids start tomorrow. It sorta snuck up on me more than usual this year, mostly because I let it…  I figure after 20 years of this — this is year 21 here in junior high land — I better not have to do too much prep. It did take me awhile to dig the stick out of the clutter in the closet…

In addition to the new principal and vp and school secretary, we also hired a very fresh science teacher (first gig– and she got married on Saturday) and a new social studies teacher. It’s the first SS teacher our district has hired since they hired my BTSA protege at our school. That was NINE YEARS ago… Mothers don’t let your babies grow up to be social studies teachers. This guy is very tech-savvy. He uses Google Pages and Docs. On staff dev day Monday, he was tapped to show our gluey staff how to use said services. Half the things he tried to show us were blocked by the filter… He has his twitter posts on his class web page. Way more cutting edge than I am.  But I can’t picture myself tweetering that my class is ready for eager learners. Mebbe if you keep telling them that…

Finished my last book of summer yesterday. I have a new fave author: Charles Portis. True Grit rocks; the John Wayne movie is actually pretty true to the book, but I didn’t buy Glen Campbell as the Texas Ranger. But Portis’s other books are really where it’s at. Norwood, Dog of the South. OMG. I will probably devote a post later on to these three books… Go read them, and then we can talk…

When our librarian retired at the end of last year, I think she was the last actual librarian in the district. We have a new library tech this year too… Mothers don’t let your babies grow up to be librarians either.




3 Responses to “Last Day of Summer Thoughts”

  1. Meg on August 22nd, 2013 3:19 pm

    Best wishes to your first day/half week of school!

  2. mrC on August 22nd, 2013 8:29 pm

    Thank you! It’s good to see at least a couple of you have stuck around to see if I’d return.

  3. Heather on August 27th, 2013 5:31 am

    I used to think I might want to go back to school to get my library degree, until I saw how much of the job is setting up laptops and projectors and fetching A/V cables for people.

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