Here I am, on day 2 of my first MEA break as a teacher, and I'm finally getting a chance to catch up on my blogging.
My big news of the week is that I am now being employed FULL TIME by my school (hooray for title money...)! I started the longer hours on Tuesday, and while I am not actually adding another section of English 12 until Nov. 8, I am supposed to use my time at school to start documenting how I am helping each student in my English 9/10 Make-Up class pass the GRAD reading test. Since the additional .33 FTE added onto my contract comes from them receiving title money, I have to be very meticulous with my documentation. I am welcoming this extra work, since I was never expecting to be able to get FT hours this year. One thing that I am looking forward to the most as being at the school now from 7:30-3:10 is that I now get to participate in the Friday staff breakfasts!
At my school, we have a daycare facility for the teen moms who are trying to finish their coursework to graduate. I just found out that every year for Halloween, the little ones go trick or treating around the school during 6th hour. I am SO excited to see the babies and toddlers being herded around in their adorable costumes. This is also the one time of the year that the teen moms are able to bring their children into the main part of the school and show off their kids. Hopefully I'll remember to bring my camera and take a few pictures of them.
Lastly, I've been definitely slacking on my reading updates. At the beginning of the school year, I had to put the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series on hold, and I still haven't had a chance to get back to them. Hopefully I'll have time to dedicate to them over winter break... But here is an update in my reading world. At school, I do not have my own classroom, so I have a cart that goes everywhere with me. Everything that I could ever need during a class period is on that cart, as well as my library. In my classes, every Friday is independent reading day. It is a day where the students get a chance to read for fun and explore what is out there for them. Most students read something off my cart, while a handful brings their own novels to enjoy during that time. During this time, I read along with the students (it makes a huge difference- once I pick up my book, they all quiet down almost immediately), so I have been able to start reading some of the YA literature that I have on my cart. It's been awhile since I have been reading multiple books at once, but I've once again found myself absorbed in several different titles (some of which I had read before, but I wanted to give them another go)...
Mockingjay- Suzanne Collins (finished)
The Help- Katherine Stockett (about 70 pages in)
Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson (finished)
A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini (reading with my class)
The Knife of Never Letting Go- Patrick Ness (about 50 pages in)
A Child Called "It"- David Pelzer (finished)
A Million Little Pieces- James Frey (about 100 pages in)
I am always looking for book suggestions for my students and am always on the lookout for more books to add to my cart, so if you have any titles that you would recommend, please let me know!