Yep. That night. The one where the parents come to school to meet the teachers. As a teacher, I like tonight because I like to meet the people with whom I’ll be corresponding all year. By the same token, I don’t like tonight because I have to go back to school for another two hours and dodge questions like, “Why did you give my child a B and not an A on this assignment?”. But of course, most parents are wonderful and supportive of both students and teachers. It’s just those inevitable few that make curriculum night a challenge.
Before I head out tonight, and as I write this, I’m sitting on the porch enjoying unseasonably warm weather. I took this picture because I loved watching the light on the leaves. I hope you enjoy it, too.
And for the record, I don’t “give” grades. Students earn them.
This is the time of year when teachers begin to think about school. In my case, I’m thinking about how much I have to do before school starts and how I really don’t want to do it. As much as I love teaching, I’m still in summer mode. I’ve been working on the boat a lot this past week, and the signs of summer that we see every day are not helping me work on school.
However, I am looking forward to the start of the school year because I love school! I chose to be there! I can’t wait to meet my new students, new colleagues, try out new ideas, revise old ones, and be a better teacher than I was last year. I’m also taking Italian (just for fun) at our local community college. I don’t know how to not be a student.
Another goal for the school year is to revitalize this blog. I loved doing it and then I stopped, for reasons still unclear to me. I’m going to aim for a post once a week, probably Wednesday because that’s the middle of the work week and it’s all downhill from there. So keep following, please and thank you!
Enjoy the last bit of summer!
I recently got to know a photojournalist whose pictures of Middle East conflict and life have appeared in major world publications. I asked him how to take a good picture and he told me, “Look for the light.” Tonight, I looked and took a couple shots of what I saw.