I just got through grading my first set of essays [argument papers on Animal Farm] and get the re-writes back tomorrow. We've moved onto our Holocaust unit and so the kids are doing the Literature Circles that I created. They really like doing this because it's student-led learning, not the teacher barking at them all day :) Here's a reminder of my Lit Circle Unit-it can be used with any book and meets Common Core Standards.
The only class that is struggling with these is 3rd period...my class with 21 boys and 5 girls :( Who does that to a teacher?! That class broke me Wednesday...I actually had to step out so they wouldn't see me cry. It was that bad. I've used EVERY trick in the book, I've used my QLN training, I've tried EVERYTHING! And they are still a crazy group of kids.
In other news, I started my new job as Assistant Softball Coach two weeks ago. We had tryouts, two practices the next week and then our first game...after only two practices. We only lost 6-5, which is pretty good considering we have several girls that have never played and don't understand the rules...on a Varsity sport. Oh well. At least we get all this week to practice before our next game next week. We'll get there!
Anyway, that's what's new with me. Not too exciting but I'm sure something will come up that will be blog worthy :) Talk soon!