Archive for November, 2008

Quabbin Panthers here I come…carefully!

November 27, 2008

qp7th grade Geography…

The Five Themes (FYI – location,place, interaction, movement, region) This is what I will be helping the students of the five towns that make up the Quabbin District learn. Throw in a little history along the way and there is a lot to cover. In the two days in the school I have learned that all the “teacher training” in the world does not prepare you for the responsibilities and practical, day-to-day issues. I’ve got to keep on my toes even more than as a sub – A wrong move or comment could set everything back because me and the student are together again the next day. I must be careful with the flip observations!

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Hello world!

November 26, 2008

Thanks to WordPress.com I can clutter the world with my thoughts and musings. What a concept! Two things have prompted this new¬†endeavor¬†– a class and a job. “Technology in the Classroom” and 7th grade Geography have provided the motivation.

The other day was my last day as a teacher with no real past or future – in other words – a Substitute. I come in for a day and leave. Kids don’t know me; I don’t know them and if either drives the other crazy you know you won’t see them for long – kind of like the difference between characters in a great novel and a listing in a phonebook. Monday I started my first job as a full time teacher whose only chance at reprieve is the end of the year instead of the end of the day. Scary! It’s a blind date without the easy outs, but all the worry. What if they don’t like me? What if I don’t like them? What if they’re creepy?!?! I think (hope) that it will be something like the kids I met this past year – a mixed bag of strengths and hopes. It will be kinda scary until I get in there and find out for sure, but the teacher I’m replacing let me settle into the room for a couple of days before the Thanksgiving break and his complete exit. So fitting that the kids won’t have to go cold turkey!