E.B. White was right.
If I wait for the perfect time, place and circumstances to write this post, it may never happen. UWCSEA - East is an intensely busy place. And the first month of the new year was not spared from it all. We could consider managing a schedule comprised of back to back blocks, assessments, service responsibilities, e-portfolio homeshares, sports and activities, an extreme sport at the X Games. :) Kidding aside, so much has happened in just three weeks, students and teachers alike are treading water to make sure we all survive this crazy current until Chinese New Year.
Anyway, what I really wanted to do was give a quick update of the many amazing things happening in our English classrooms. From the stellar class conversations to your bodies of work, I couldn't be a prouder teacher.
First thing, seems like everyone is on board with the independent reading program. If you are not carrying a book that you are invested in by this time, logging your reading routine and thinking, writing, talking about what you are reading with your teachers or friends, then you must have been living under a rock the past six months. Whether you are reading a class novel, part of literature circle, doing reading conferences with your teacher tackling a book of your choice on a weekly basis, going over GoodReads for recommendations, everyone has reading on their minds to a certain degree. If you are having trouble choosing a book you can sink your teeth in, have a chat with your English teacher today. And I mean today.
|Tool for Reflection|
Finally, here are some more happy snaps that make the crazy current worth it for this sleep deprived, workaholic teacher. Seriously.
|In class written piece|
|Small Group Discussions|
|Getting familiar with Dave Egger's What is the What|
|Ken Teh during Writers' Fortnight|
|The 7s discuss the News|
|Having friends who are also your teaching partners|
|Hanging out with Holly Thompson on a Friday afternoon|
|Eating my favorite breakfast: Greek Yoghurt with muesli and whatever fruit; in this case, strawberries|
Well, tomorrow is another day. And the current continues. Tell me, what's making the crazy waves easier for you to ride? Are you stressed out like the rest of us? How are you handling it? What do you need to handle it better? Would love to know...