Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Where to start ?

It has been a roller coaster ride.

So much is going on right now. Students are back. I have a bunch.
We hired a new Automotive teacher and new Information Technology teacher over the summer. The second day of school with actual students, the new auto teacher comes to work and quits. He said he didn't feel like he was cut out for teaching. He told my boss that he watched us during the two days of in-service we had before students arrived and he did not have what we had. I am not sure what we have, but I am sure there is a salve for it.

Karen (my Boss) closed the auto program for the time being and gave all the students the opportunity to transfer into other programs in our school. Many opted to leave and return to the High School for classes. Quite a few, however, chose to join the electricity program. Karen brought about 10 students into my 6th period class to give them an opportunity to check out the class and me. We were going over the driest part of our year (the handbook and paper work.)
To my surprise, when they returned the the principal, every one of them wanted to take my class. My enrollment went up about 15 students. I now have about 60 students in the course of the day. My largest class is the last of the day, with 17 students.

Tammy is off work. She has pinched a nerve in her neck (or so we are led to believe) and her hands are numb and in pain. She has another appt in the morning. The same DR that told her there was nothing wrong three yrs ago when it was a workers comp case, now believes there are bone spurs in one of her wrists from a break about 3 yrs ago. Imagine that. Private insurance is footing the bill now. So, there is now something that needs to be fixed.

Cloe is doing great. She is growing (Tammy thinks it is by the minute.)

Days are too long. Nights are too short.

I start teaching night classes in October. My college class starts on Monday.

Did I mention "BUSY" ?

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Back in the swing

This year promises to be busier than ever. Already, before students arrive, I am slated to teach 3 classes to my fellow teachers. The three classes involve "Teaching across Poverty lines," "The power of I," and "PowerPoint Presentations."

The first and second are based on classes I attended in New Orleans. The latter is a request by my principal. It seems I am the only teacher creating his own PowerPoint presentations. She wants me to teach the other teachers how to do it.

We are back full time in the school. Students will be back August 13. We have a new schedule, a new way of working, two new teachers, and a whole new batch of rules (some good, some not so good.)

Today, I was invited to join the Electrical Curriculum Committee for the state. We worked today on revamping the way the state looks at class groupings for certificates. It was a good meeting.

Oh yeah, I finished my summer semester with an "A" and a "B" in the two classes I took. The fall semester starts August 20. I am taking one class this fall. Looks like more fun.

And I will be teaching the adult class for 4 weeks in September or October for the Community Education bunch.

As I said, Busy busy busy.