The Rookie Teacher

Starting my third year as a 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English teacher and a cheerleading coach. I blog about school, books, and other various aspects of my life, hoping to make it all make sense.

Stir Crazy

Yesterday, I thought I was going to lose my mind.

I woke up feeling totally sick—nauseous, light-headed, and overheated. My mother (yes, I still live at home), does not believe in setting the air conditioner lower than 78 degrees. She also sets it so that it doesn’t turn on until noon. Apparently, she forgets I exist when she leaves for work in the morning, and I wake up sweating as though I’ve run a marathon in 90 degree weather.

Driving while dizzy and lightheaded is never smart, so I had to cancel my meeting with my new volunteer-assistant coach. I did not, therefore, leave the house all day. I watched Netflix, tried to read Dan Brown’s Inferno—emphasis on tried (review to follow once I finally finish for all who are interested), and ate a bunch of junk food.

Today, I vowed I would not sit around and be lazy all day. I got up, washed and dressed  myself, and headed out into the world, you know, where there are other people. I’ve already checked off six things from my to do list, and it’s not even noon yet. Yay for productivity and the Starbucks cafe at Barnes and Noble.

And because I’m proud, here’s all I accomplished today..

1. Stopped at the board office to return my signed contract for next year

2. Created a formal roster and attendance sheet for cheer practices

3. Created distribution and return checklists for cheer fundraisers and uniforms

4. Developed my cheer notes and goal-planning sheets (Yes, this season I will be pretending the gym is my second classroom by starting each practice with a shared objective!) 

5. Developed practice schedules/routines and alternating workouts

6. E-mailed my curriculum coordinator all of my questions about the development of pre-assessments and post-assessments for Student Growth Objectives

7. Looked into applying for a grant to fund the publishing and binding of the autobiography project my ninth graders will work on throughout the year.

Has anyone created assessments for Student Growth Objectives or applied for a grant? If so, do you have any tips to share?

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