Friday, February 25, 2011

Epic Excuse

Dear Teacher,
Please excuse Marie Smith for being late, the toaster exploded.

-Mr. Smith

Monday, February 7, 2011


You would think that a day that involved me guilt-tripping a parent for taking her daughter out to lunch (seriously, the kid has missed a week in my class) and this ultimatum to computer-game-playing kids: "If you don't stop playing that game, by Friday either I'm going to be in the looney bin or one of you will be in the hospital" would be filed under "bad day."

But no, it was one of my best days at GHS yet, with ACTUAL TEACHING occurring (I got to introduce 2 new topics), aesthetic feedback on projects, and finally getting down most of the names!

We'll see about the computer game issue.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Steady Gig @ GHS

So, an art/technology teacher in another district planned to take family leave for the birth of his first child, so I got on the sub list in that district so I could take the job. He teaches web design, Photoshop, and Illustrator ... not my strongest suit but I took some time to prepare. I just finished my first week (he gets 2 weeks paid, and may choose to take unpaid time after that) and it has been crazy! Luckily the kids are pretty good - no major shenanigans, just sometimes they get lazy and come up with excuses not to work. It's weird being out in the suburbs - lots of white kids and really nice facilities. It's also good to get known in new districts to widen the job search net come Spring.