Thursday, March 02, 2006

Long Day

5:20 am
Wake up to Sara Sant'Ambrogio on the cello

5:30 am
Actually get up

7:15 am
Arrive at school

7:50 am
11th grade math class reports burning smell and smoke upstairs

7:51 am
Pull fire alarm

8:00 am
Cheering students (shivering in the parking lot) greet arriving fire trucks

8:33 am
Huddle in another teacher's car, having foolishly left coat in school

8:47 am
Back inside, but morning now completely off track. High hopes for grading quickly fade.

9:55 am
Defend Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman against "femi-nazi" charges brought by oh-so-intelligent 11th grade boys.

10:48 am
Encourage 9th graders to listen for features of Old English poetry in Seamus Heaney's recording of Beowulf. Encourage 9th graders to actually stay awake as they listen.

11:28 am
Mindlessly eat lunch while sitting in on student government meeting.

1:14 pm
Discuss Emma, Harriet, Miss Bates, Mr. Woodhouse, Mr. Knightley, and Mr. Martin with AP Lit students. Admit to students inability to talk and write on board at same time. Also feel compelled to confess inability to talk and drive car at same time, which students find quite amusing.

2:43 pm
Give up trying to teach/review dependent clauses with 9th graders. Will begin again tomorrow.

3:12 pm
Begin after-school drama practice

3:50 pm
Relieved, after several panicked seconds, that student has not in fact choked to death after trying to swallow Pepsi and laugh at same time.

4:22 pm
Refrain from strangling student who needs line prompts continuously.

5:17 pm
Head home, wishing today were Friday.


Blogger Megan said...

Ay, ay, ay...what a day!!! So glad you survived (as did the students). :-)

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Katherine said...

I enjoyed reading your account and can understand. :)

8:51 AM  
Blogger Beverly said...

Not having taught high school, I don't completely identify, but as an elementary school teacher, we had days like that also...and then you have to start all over the next day.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Will said...

This was great, Andrea.
I wish that one of those chain emails that gets sent around would ask people to follow themselves around for a day like this. It's rather interesting.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Christa said...

I can certainly empathize. Thankfully, this didn't all happen on a Monday.

8:19 PM  

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