Sunday, January 25, 2009

happy new year

(Pics - Toronto Chinatown, Spadina Avenue, for the good eats; frozen fountain structure on Cumberland, just north of Bloor Street, for the good shopping)

New (lunar) year, new (academic) quarter, and a new course!  I'm starting a new course called Guided Study Class with another English teacher colleague.  We each will have 4 new sections of students who are struggling in some academic area, and we are going to use their study hall class time to make sure they get their work done.  We keep in touch with their teachers to find out what assignments and study work need to be done.  We'll assist them as much as we can, and they have to use our class time to work!  The premise is that students do NOT have the option of giving up.

I will continue to teach the remedial English Language Arts course to 6th and 7th graders.  The new "Guided Study Class" is possible because 8th graders "graduated" from the remedial course after the state assessment.  Speaking of that lovely thing, well, it's done!  Scoring to be done in early February.

Happy Year of the Ox, everyone!  We spent 2 days in Toronto (2 hour drive away, if no traffic) for the sake of "celebrating" new year, which meant eating and shopping :D  It was Freezing Cold, especially since it's a walking around kind of city.  In warm weather, the walking around would be so enjoyable because there's so much to see and do and eat!


Leah Gillette-Fox said...

I agree! We love Toronto in the summer. Even when I was 9 months pregnant we walked a ton and took the subway. At least there are a lot of little shops and places you can pop into to warm up!

Anonymous said...

You get to teach such cool and creative classes...I'm jealous!!

Sydney said...

sounds like everything's going well!

WendyB said...

Sounds like a very helpful class. Good for you!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you too! Sounds like you've got your hands full this year. :)