Archive for June, 2013

Next year…

June 12, 2013

I found out today that in addition to government, I will also be teaching AP Macroeconomics next year. This is not a surprise, since I volunteered.

Our economics teacher is leaving to go to another district. There were a lot of people on our department who wanted his job (probably because they think seniors are easy). However, most of them are coaches and they are not going to let a coach teach AP classes. We were talking and it was brought up that I should teach AP Econ. Before this, I had never even considered the possibility of teaching economics, let alone AP.

I was talking to our economics teacher about it and he said that it shouldn’t be an problem for me and he told me to talk to our department head. Our department head told me to talk to our associate principal. She told me that it was something that they had discussed and that it was good to know that I was interested. The only condition that I had was that I want all AP government classes to be one semester and all AP economics classes to in the other semester. I told her that if they had someone else in mind, I would not be upset. She also said that they would talk about it more after graduation. This all happened in a span of about five minutes on the last day of school.

When the phone rang today, I immediately knew what she was going to say. I very nervous. I have a lot to learn and it will be a lot of work. I was nervous about teaching AP government, but I knew a lot more going in, since I was a political science major. The only economics classes I have taken were dual credit economy’s in high school and a graduate class on international economics. How is it that I have gotten to teach AP classes without having taught the regular courses first?

This will all make for a busy year. In addition to my classes, which should be government, AP government, and AP economics, I will also be a sponsor for NHS and a coach for UIL correct events.

-J

Graduation…

June 12, 2013

We had our graduation earlier this week. This was the first time that I have gotten to see students of mine to graduate. I really enjoyed it. The best part was that the ceremony was about an hour and fifteen minutes long.

-J

Today was the last day…

June 5, 2013

And it was actually a lot of fun. The seniors planned a BBQ and we got released from class to go. What strayed as a few students planning to skip class turned into an official event.

It was a blast. The kids brought a lot of water balloons and I pegged many of them. They also brought three beer long tables, but they weren’t using alcohol. I am certain of this because they were not drinking it.

When school got out, they were outside, ready to throw water balloons at the underclassmen.

In other news, I am all packed up and ready to go. We have to work tomorrow, but I really don’t have anything to do. We have graduation practice and we get a half day if we are working graduation, which I am.

-J

Last day of school…

June 5, 2013

Today is the last day of school.  I have made it through my first year in high school.  Like I have said before, I really enjoy it.  I am going to miss this group of kids.  I have had a lot of great kids.  Graduation is on Monday.

Our kids have been talking all year about a senior prank.  They thought that since they are the first class, they had to have the best prank of all time.  As I figured, they didn’t do anything.  They are too scared of the repercussions and pretty lazy as well.  The closest they are going to get is a BBQ that they are planning out by the ponds today.

My one failing student who I wrote about last week will graduate.  I gave her an extension on some work and she did it.  We do, however, already have two students who will not walk.  They were caught smoking weed at the choir state solo and ensemble contest last week.  I figured we would have someone who would do something stupid and would be banned from graduation, but I never imagined it would be these too kids.  They are good kids, but they are the ones who got caught.  I can only imagine how infuriated their parents were when they got that phone call.

-J