IF YOU ARE A RECOVERING freshman literature teacher like me, you would know that today’s title comes from William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. This would also mean you probably have large chunks of Romeo and Juliet memorized, and that you can recite the opening lines of The Odyssey . (Sing in me, O, muse, and in me tell the story of that man who . . .) . You get the idea.
I rushed out after school to attend a meeting that was apparently in my google calendar only. No one else was around or had heard of the meeting. It turned out okay, though. As the husband and I share a car, and my meeting started at the SAME TIME as the Offspring were leaving school, I had hood-winked my father into fetching me. It was highly entertaining to tell my students, “There’s my Dad. I gotta go.” He hung around to discover if my meeting was real or phantom, and when it turned out to be phantom, we declared it a pub date. We had a lovely late afternoon snack. It was an unusual school night outing. Of course, when I got home, I was immediately SLAMMED with homework. I should mention that the homework wasn’t mine. It was the homework of the Offspring.
Do you remember how to determine slope? Did you have to figure that out in 8th grade? Someone in our house had to figure out these really complicated (to me) tables and it involved first determining the slope.
TRUE STORY FROM MY LIFE. I attended private school until the 8th grade, at which point I began attending Silverado middle school. At one point right before school started, a counselor said to me, “Well, looking at your grades I see you passed pre-algebra with a C-. So we could put you in pre-algebra or algebra. What do you think?” I was 14, and I thought taking pre-algebra again would be awesome because I had ALREADY passed it — I could coast. No one mentioned to me that this would put me one year behind in math FOR THE REST OF MY SCHOOL CAREER. Long story, short, my highest math class was algebra 2. All my genius friends were in trig and calculus.
I’ve really embraced math especially through my relationship with Khan Academy. I’ve been steadily working my way through their math lessons, with the goal of doing them all. I’ve completed all the elementary math, and pre-algebra, but am bogged down doing all things higher than that WHICH INCLUDES SOME 8th GRADE MATH. I guess I better get moving as the Offspring have officially caught up to me. Maybe this is too much math information, but there you have it.
As to school, I am fully back from the cold that knocked me out! YIPEEE!! We do have other teachers who feel not so great, though. This is an odd week in that we have only 4 days with students as Friday is a teacher training day. The students I saw today in my technology design lab won’t get their second session with me this week because it is on Friday.
ALSO, HERE’S ANOTHER PRO TIP: Letting kinders read to little stuffed animals (THANK YOU DEBBIE) is pretty adorable, but at some point, one or four of them, will stop reading have their stuffed animals “play” together. “They wanna play!” is the response you may or may not get. But seriously, some actually reading happened. I promise.
I hope your Monday had fewer and less complex math problems.
Keep moving forward,