Yesterday we had an instructional half-day, with parent-teacher conferences in the afternoon. I didn't have any, so I used the time to do parent calls and grade. I had more grading to do than I'd anticipated, but I should've seen it coming.
I bribed my seniors with the promise of food. I let them sign up to bring things in, but reminded them that their Frankenstein final projects were due. Anyone who didn't have a completed project to turn in would be given the opportunity to go to the library to type it during class (rather than sit around chatting and snacking).
Of the 32 students in that class, three were absent - and one of those emailed me the project! 26 of the other 28 turned theirs in at the start of class. I only had to have two of them finish up - and only one of those failed to turn in the work.
Now I just need to go hassle our AP about the newspaper that should have been approved (or returned) last week...
Click 'Continue' to read a WONDERFUL set of blog posts - I am SO THANKFUL for all of you who make this possible!
teachin' had a moment - or several - of frustration.
UA is getting ready to Reach for the whistle, posted at Under Assault: Teaching in NYC.
Pat thinks maybe we should Unblock Social Networking Sites, posted at Successful Teaching.
Siobhan Curious presents Yannick's debts posted at classroom as microcosm.
ms. understood takes a moment to laugh a little, with Good Quotes Good Times posted at Teacher, I Don't Get It.
Mr Teacher has a very full classroom - 34 posted at Mr Teacher.
MatthewPaulson shows you how to Save Money On College Costs posted at Fine Tuned Finances.
Liam Goldrick helped revise the Race to the Top regulations at Under The Hood posted at The Education Optimists.
The rarely-conventional Carol Richtsmeier talks about conventions she's gone to in Conventions, Museums & Yukon posted at Bellringers - also? her new book has been reviewed!.
Tense Teacher writes about The New Girl.
Miss Teacha has Been Thinking about starting over... or not...
John Spencer writers about the Most Neglected Subject.
Miss Bennett is surviving, but back!
Mr. B (no relation, as far as I know!) decided to make a Sacrifice to be there for his grieving students.
Ranting Teacher is trying to help the Little Loners.
Miss Paste is still dealing with a tough situation.
I don't know if I agree with the Peter Drucker quote posted on Education Innovation. What do you think?
Mr. Teacher had his day bookended by a rude parent, but I can't muster up too much sympathy since he got a whole week off and I was in school Monday and Tuesday! (My sympathies to those who are still working today!)
I wish I could send a hug to Mrs. Bees, who is going through NO-vember right now.
Roller Coaster Teacher is back on track with NaNoWriMo.
Angela Powell Watson offers some quick checks.
Do you want to Teach Forever? Then join the 52 Teachers, 52 Lessons Project.
Bill Ferriter muses that sometimes, knowing you're not alone is more frustrating than comforting.
Joanne Jacobs reported on a pair of overdue library books that were finally returned after FIFTY-ONE YEARS. Woah.
Mrs. Mimi doesn't hold back while
And Dina suggests that all too many of us are martyrs.
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