FINALLY!

May. 20th, 2009 11:20 am
prettypenny: (Spirit Fingers)
The last exam! Finally! We've got ten more days to go, but this feels like the end. It is the true end to my first year teaching. After this, it's just ten days of team teaching small TAKS classes. No more lesson planning or grading until August!

Explanation of the Ten Days The article's pretty negative, but it's all I can find.

This is the first week since I got this job that I have been able to read for fun. Last week, I made a list of books that I would like to read (or re-read) over the summer break. Yesterday, I went ahead and dived headlong into it. Since there is no guarantee of free time during these next two weeks, I decided to start with a re-read rather than starting a new book that end up being delayed.

Just for my own reference, I'm posting my summer reading list below. Most of these books were gifts that I have not yet had the time to tackle. I have bolded the books that are completely new to me, and I may come back and add as I think of new additions.

The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
The Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling)
The Once and Future King (T.H. White)
John Adams (David McCollough)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) + the rest of the series
Ladies of Liberty (Cokie Roberts)
Lion Among Men (Gregory Maguire)
Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)
River of Doubt (Candice Millard)
The Keep (F. Paul Wilson) + every book in this series
A Revolution in Eating (James McWilliams)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien)
Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
Little Dorrit (Charles Dickens)

+ Fred's sci-fi box (I have no idea what's in this box, but when my father-in-law heard that I like science fiction, he handed me this gigantic box of his favorites. I have only read a few of its books so far, and they have all been excellent, so I think it's time to finish this up.)

I think that should do it for now.
prettypenny: (Ovaries)
It's finals time at last!!

My students all finished the review yesterday, so today is a relaxing, watch-a-movie day. The only movie I have in my room is National Treasure - Bleh. Unfortunately, with seven class all watching the same movie, I saw it way too many times last finals week. Now I can quote it. As if I wanted to be able to recite the entirety of stinking National Treasure. You know, I think I sort of liked this movie the first time I saw it, but each successive viewing has made me more and more certain that it is a festering pile.

I'm just ready for the end of the day. Next week is final exams and graduation...should be a breeze. Of course there are the "ten TAKS days," which I'm not even going to go into right now, but I'm still putting off thinking about that.
prettypenny: (Devil Me!)
I could cry.

The girl I've been irritated with all semester, who I thought was always laughing at me and mocking me, and who always seemed to dislike my class...she just wrote me one of the nicest notes I've ever gotten from a student. I feel just a little ashamed and absolutely paranoid. She has a lot of friends in class, so maybe I was making too much out of the giggling. Maybe she just has a snarky sense of humor. I suppose I can never know for sure.

This has reminded me of my own senior year. My english teacher (whose name completely escapes me now) was always on my case about something. I admit, I was tardy almost every day, and I talked to my friends non-stop during class, but I still liked her as a teacher, and her class was one of my favorites. Now I'm sitting in her position and wondering if she thought about me the same way that I had been thinking about this student.

But then maybe this is nothing like that at all.

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