Skirtember is still going strong during the second week! Yaay! I wore a skirt every day this week…except for Sunday because I was sick and stayed in my PJs all day–I didn’t even brush my hair on Sunday!
Monday–Tank and shirt at Wet Seal, Skirt at Wal-Mart, tights at H&M
Tuesday–Leggings at Wal-Mart, dress at Papaya
Wednesday–Shirt at Papaya, skirt at Wal-Mart, tights at H&M, shoes at Payless
Thursday–dress at Target, tights at H&M, cardigan at Target
Friday–shirt at Wet Seal, dress from parents from Hawaii, pants at Papaya, shoes at Sole Envy
I love the place I teach at. It is a small charter school in West Jordan that focuses on having a classical education. Our teaching philosophy focuses on Core Knowledge.
I have a total of 54 students:
— 21 seventh graders for two periods of Language Arts and Literature
–6 low-ability ninth graders for Language Arts
–11 ninth graders for Literature
–16 eighth graders for two periods of Language Arts and Literature
I love these students! I have only been teaching here three weeks and I’ve already gotten such a good connection with my students. I am able to see their personalities in their writings and discussions. I can see what they understand and what they don’t. I really like having smaller classes. We can be more in a more intimate setting with our learning.
They definitely have their own personalities. (Here I am going to copy Bonnie because I love what she writes about her students–and it’s true, each class has their own personality!)
7th graders (period 1&2): These students are just bursting to learn. I have about 5 out of the 21 who are new to the charter school, new to the rigor of grammar and writing, new to always writing in cursive. But, they are all yearnin’ for some learnin’! We recently read “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant. We learned about irony and I had them create alternate endings using some form of irony. They were absolutely hilarious! These kids are very funny! I love them!
9th grade Language Arts (period 3): I only have 6 students in this class. It is a lower-ability for language arts. All six have some sort of learning or social disorder that affects their writing ability. But, these kids (5 boys and 1 girl), all love me already (and I them) because we all like anime and comic-book stuff. They try their hardest and really want to be able to succeed. They want to prove to me they understand the grammar. But, they are also a very talkative bunch! It’s one thing to have classroom management skills with a class that is 30+, but how do you manage 6 very close friends?!?!?
9th grade Literature (period 5): There aren’t very many 9th graders because most leave to have a public jr. high experience before going into high school. So, I only have 11. On the first day, I asked them what their favorite genre was, and without fail, all 11 said either Sci-Fi or Fanstasy! YAAAY! What a perfect class. And boy, do our discussions rock! We just finished studying Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and we had the best discussion on tradition, cultural differences, and morals. Boy, am I excited to get into novels with these 11 wonderful students who love discussing and applying literature to their lives! They all love English classes! I have to thank their previous English teachers!
8th graders (period 6&7): I have quite a few overachievers. There are about 5 out of the 16 who will always raise their hand. I’m just about at the point where I have to ask for someone other than them to answer to incorporate more class participation. However, they are a very quiet group overall. I’m not sure if this is because I’m their last teacher for the day and they are tired/done, or if its because they are 8th graders. I’m still trying to figure out how to inspire the majority of them to be active, willing participants in class. But, they are very fast and very accurate with their grammar! The best out of all my classes!