Thursday, August 18, 2011

First Day of School


So, things went well today. Besides a sore throat (I'm not used to talking this much right now) and some sore feet I'm still excited for the year. First day introductions went well, some jokes were laughed at, and all three courses (six classes worth) have homework for tomorrow. I like giving everyone a chance to succeed early on in the classroom. It also sets high expectations, which is what I'm all about.

Last year I had freshmen and sophomores in my classroom for the first time ever, either in study hall or in Sophomore English. So, I actually knew some juniors and sophomores coming into class today, which is a first. It's always nice to see some familiar faces in the audience as the first few days are an awkward ritual of the class feeling itself out. By just the second week the classroom atmosphere is being established, and it can either be amazing or detrimental to your work. The removal or addition of even just one student can turn the tide in your favor or against it.

I've also moved mostly into my new room. It's smaller than my last one, which was seen briefly in my introduction video in a state of emptiness. However, it's carpeted, a bit dimmer colors, and forces me to purge what I don't need to have. Teachers can become hoarders very easily. It's hard to let go of something that worked once, even if you know it will never work again. A lesson needs to be adapted slightly year to year, and sometimes, from section to section. One class may crave lecture and quite reading while another can talk intelligently for days.

In any course, here are some photos of my room. Larger resolutions available on my Facebook group page, so stop there!

A quick sign for students to help them find my room.  Yes, that is a Safe House from the Left 4 Dead series.

Entering the room you see the back right corner with my desk, files, and bookshelf for British Literature. Dwight Schrute's vengeful gaze watches over all.

The back left corner of my room. Sort of a mess, but some posters are up and my film frame bulletin board shows famous characters or scenes from 45 classic films. Most students can name 90% of them.

Today's lessons for my three courses. Fairly standard stuff for day one. I'm toying with the notion of taking board photos daily.

So, that's day one. So far I'm 120 hours and 45 minutes in. Possible video this weekend. Enjoy your last days of freedom or your first days back everyone!


  1. Please for Christ sake help this poor boy from Haiti

  2. I love reading your blog. I just checked and I have logged over 250 hours to date and school does not start for me until August 30. I know I will have at least 20 more hours in before school starts. Keep documenting your work. Thank you.

  3. Is 6 classes considered full time teaching?
    Where I teach we have 7 as full time.
    Our first day of classes is September 6th and since July 1st I have put in about 85 hours.