Miss Bennett in the Bay

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 17 2008

What Teachers Do in the Summer

Today is my first “official” day of summer break.  (I use quotation marks because I didn’t consider it break for myself until I finished organizing my classroom yesterday.)  I am having difficulty with this new schedule:

6:30 am: Open one lazy eye to see the time on the clock.  Blissfully roll over and continue sleeping.

8:15 am: Scott wakes up for work.  I realize I have to be at the gym in 45 minutes to work out with my trainer.  Get up, eat, go work out.

10:30 am: Get home from gym, shower, and stare at the apartment for a few minutes.  Tactfully overlook the need for cleaning in the kitchen and finally settle on finishing the last few hundred pages of Don’t Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History But Never Learned.  (Great book- I highly recommend it.)  I read about U.S. history from The 1960′s to present.  Pause a few minutes to eat lunch.  Enjoy cool breeze on back patio.

2:00 pm: Finish book, look around apartment again.  Settle on blogging.

It’s a tough life, but somebody’s got to do it.

Despite the calm of today, last week was quite a hectic one.  On Thursday, before school, I took down all remnants of my tracking stuff in my classroom so my students wouldn’t know what our final averages were.  We spent the day saying goodbye and cleaning.  Then, right before lunch, I wanted to give them their final goal sheets along with books I had gotten from the used book store.  I posed the question, “Do you think we met our Big Goal?”  The opinions were split.  Half of them thought we had and half thought we hadn’t.  When asked why they thought we hadn’t, V said, “Because I didn’t get to finish taking all of the tests.”  While that is true, due to her absences last week, I pointed out that everybody else had finished their tests.  They were getting fidgety.  I pulled out our tracking graph that showed we had gotten to 85%, and they went wild!  They were cheering and high-fiving each other in a moment of classroom solidarity unmatched this year.

It was a beautiful moment.  I am very much looking forward to this break so I can regroup and get ready for next year.

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