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Jun 15 2011

Up And At ‘Em

Institute is in full swing, but no students yet. Institute started on Monday and I learned that I will be teaching high school English II (to 11th graders I think) at a school that is an hour away. That means that I have to be up, eaten breakfast, and picked up my packed lunch by 5:55 when I have to be on the school bus heading to school. The bus leaves sharply at 6:00 and my day goes from there.
I have been placed in a special ELA pilot program (since Spanish is not being offered as a summer school course at the school I am teaching at for institute). So, I have spent the past week learning about the ELA Framework and how to help close the literacy gap by helping students to better understand texts in a real-world framework. I haven’t taken English since my senior year of high school, so I definitely have my work cut out for me. Our first text is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. The students come on Monday (we will be doing diagnostics Monday and Tuesday). I start teaching on Wednesday with foreshadowing….which I must go continue writing my lesson plan for so this post must be wrapped up!

And I know I said I would write just about everyday…..but I’m afraid there just isn’t going to be time for that these first few weeks when I am planning my heart out and getting to bed by 9:30 p.m. for my 4:45 a.m. rising time…..so check back periodically (or make it your homepage and you will be able to see if there is something new).

Peace. Love. Achievement.

2 Responses

  1. Miss B

    bahaha love that you suggest this as a homepage! thanks for the great chat tonight!

  2. Shelly

    Mr. Gray… You were like a brother once upon a time… And reading your blog has been fun. The Lottery was the most profound text I ever read in high school (and the only one I actually make references to now!). How exciting to be able to teach about the illogical nature of persecuting others. Good luck to you, from one teacher to another.

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