Sunday, May 9, 2010

6th-grade math

Charlotte again!

Well, sadly there was no answer key, but we were doing "area of a circle" (pi-r-squared) and even though it's been awhile, I felt reasonably confident that I had the correct answers.

I'm constantly at this school so the majority of kids in all my classes knew who I was. I subbed an 8th-grade social studies class here for 3 weeks straight when their teacher was, well, arrested actually (and is no longer their teacher.) I also subbed a 7th-grade English class for a full month when the teacher had major surgery. And I can't remember a week when I haven't been in the school at least once. It's nice to feel like I'm a part of the school. I always hear shouts of "Ms. Charlotte!" when I'm walking down the hall and the staff and admin. recognize my face even if they don't know my name.

In the morning, I had a class of 8th-graders who apparently come in for a "study skills seminar" with this teacher on Fridays (which I had no idea about until they showed up, because it said nothing about this in my lesson plans). I told them they could use this period as a study hall, to which they replied "we took our finals last week and we have two weeks to kill until graduation," - to which I replied "okay, fair enough." :)

So basically we just talked. I asked them about their post-junior high plans and about their end-of-year dance and I even answered some questions about high school... It's such an exciting time in their lives and it was nice to just take a minute and chat with them about it. I had several students come up to me and hug me at the end of class and I had to politely decline several invitations to be friended on facebook. (A recipe for disaster in my opinion, but it's nice to be asked).

And the 6th-graders were GREAT. Really well-behaved, worked hard, and were much calmer than I expected for a gorgeous Friday in May. The only problem with this school is the fact that they have block scheduling - it's really hard for 11 and 12 year olds to sit still for an hour-and-a-half. (Heck, it's hard for ME!) and they usually lose it after about an hour-ten. They were on their best behavior today, though, so... can't complain at all!


  1. It's nice to have easy days like that, isn't it? Although surprises like you had aren't the best in the world, I never find it that bad when the kids know you.

  2. I'm glad you had a good day, even without an answer key and an unexpected class.

    It's great going to a school where you know some of the students and they recognize you.

    A Social Studies position opened up because the teacher was arrested? If only that would happen here.