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Welcome Fall

Self-brewed Teavana Pumpkin Creme Brûlée Oolong, pumpkin biscotti from the farmer’s market, and insect sounds filling the house from the open windows.

That ONE student

I have a student in one of my AP classes, D.  He is smart, but he is also an instigator and a borderline bully.  These students have been together in classes for long it is sometimes hard to understand the true group dynamic once they get to me (11th grade). 

D often interrupts when anyone is talking—including me. He will bring up topics he knows will tick people off.  He sits in other people’s seats (there are no assigned seats, which is true, so that is his argument). He always has a grumpy face on.

I do not know what to do with him.  I have talked to him individually, reprimanded him in front of the class.  Nothing phases D. In all honesty, I think he may fit somewhere on the autism spectrum, but he comes from an affluent family who would not want to hear that.

I went down the first week of school just to warn the principals of potential problems and no one has ever reported him as an issue before. What?! After talking with other teachers I know he has been a problem, but they have never gone to administration.

The worst part?

He is so distracting to me that I do not know the names of the girls in his class.  I technically know all of the names, but I mix them up if they are not in their exact seats, or if we are having a big group discussion (which is often).

This is my 9th year teaching and this is a new one for me. What do you with students like this?

These brown paper towels.
There are so many things that we deal with on a daily basis as teachers, but these just make me sad.  

These brown paper towels.

There are so many things that we deal with on a daily basis as teachers, but these just make me sad.  

That is last year’s school picture. It is not the most fancy before-and-after pic, but you get the idea.

That is last year’s school picture. It is not the most fancy before-and-after pic, but you get the idea.

These are the faces of two little girls who were allowed to climb to the top of a “mountain” by themselves.

These are the faces of two little girls who were allowed to climb to the top of a “mountain” by themselves.

It has been a long week, but here are two things that make Friday awesome:

1. New, fall nail color!

2. My husband extinctfeathers picked up this flick on his way home from work as a thank you for taking care of things while he was super sick this week. I crazy excited to finally watch it.

It has been a long week, but here are two things that make Friday awesome:

1. New, fall nail color!

2. My husband extinctfeathers picked up this flick on his way home from work as a thank you for taking care of things while he was super sick this week. I crazy excited to finally watch it.

Trying New Things

For the first time in my AP teacher career I am giving my students an essay prompt with no page limit/word count. 

The Scarlet Letter Essay Prompt

Focus Question: What was the argument that Hawthorne created through his writing? What was his purpose?

  • Be sure that you are specific about the details of Hawthorne’s argument.
  • Reference why you believe this argument was created.
  • Use the text as your support.
  • You may use outside sources, but they are not necessary.

Formatting:

MLA format

12 pt. font

Works Cited Page (even if you just use the novel)

This might be horrible, but maybe they will surprise me.

White Girl in the Fall

I am a living stereotype. This is what I have in my crockpot.