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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

A Bit Topsy Turvy Today

Kind of a topsy-turvy day.  My 7th hour class, which has lately been my best, got out of hand largely due to a couple of students who chose to get into arguments with fellow classmates and play childish games. My 4th hour class, who often have been my problem children, really got into the lesson today.

Both are 11th grade classes, and we read parts from the play Our Town. The 4th hour students really liked reading their parts, more than they liked watching the play.  The 7th hour kept interrupting each other with teasing and even paper wads.  Had to send one girl to the office and give another boy a detention. 

The seniors really like Frankenstein. One boy asked to take the movie home so he could watch parts that he missed due to absences. (See yesterday's posting on that problem.)

We took our textbooks back to the library. Another sign that school is winding down for this term.

We had our Professional Learning Community (PLC) meeting today made up of teachers from various subjects with common "planning periods".  We noticed that some members who have been with us at the beginning of the semester are no longer in the school.  At the beginning of the year, we had 11 teachers in our PLC.  Four of our group are no longer in the school: one due to a long term illness, two for personal reasons, one for unknown reasons.  Rumors are that several teachers in our school will/may not be back next year. 

It has been a bumpy transition.  And some do not seem to want to stick around for the ride. But I will repeat that I am rather starting to enjoy the change. Things could be better, and I hope they will continue to get better because I want to see where we are headed.

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