The year is sputtering to a close, and not a moment too soon. I'm tired and ready for a break. At the same time, though, I'm excited about starting next year refreshed, with a new schedule in place and hopefully a classroom (which my department head guaranteed to me today, although I've heard that before).
Today was my last day with first period. The city hoisted a horrible benchmark on us on Thursday that they wanted as part of the final. Rather than flat out refusing, which I thought would get me in trouble, I gave my kids the answers since they didn't have time to do both the benchmark and the carefully constructed final. They act unprofessional towards me, and I guess I do it right back at them. This isn't official state stuff or anything, so I'm not worried about repercussions. The department head gave me an unofficial wink-wink when I told her what I was doing.
I appreciate what North Avenue is doing, trying to take control of this testing situation from the state. And I enjoyed the first two benchmarks they gave us this year. But the 3rd and 4th benchmarks this year have been ill-planned to the point where I felt like they were a complete waste of time. It's a bummer that I feel sometimes like I'm part of a Mickey Mouse organization.
My Master's course was tonight - day two. I'm realizing that I have no idea at all how to use a library in the informational age. I don't yet have an ID card for Towson and am not sure how to get one. I'm not the only one in my class in this boat, but it still sucks; I can't access any of the journal articles and I have something called a "Literature Review" - basically an analysis of an educational research study - due on Wednesday and I've got to rely on whatever full texts happen to come up from scholar.google.com.
Today, the professor apologized that the class is "as dry as whistling with a dry mouth full of crackers on a hot day." However, while there are slow parts, I don't find it too bad. It's cool to be a student again, although I'd be lying if I said I could get through it easily without a computer screen in front of me. They have so much available online in front of us with the Towson Blackboard system, and we're supposed to be following along on there, but it's easy to switch over to something else and multi-task when things get slow.
In other news, my summer seems like it's filling up really quickly. I'm volunteer coaching a little league team on Tuesdays and Thursdays, have class on Mondays and Wednesdays, play in a softball league on (mostly) Mondays, play in another softball league on (mostly) Tuesdays, and my other summer class (daily, 9-12) starts up in a week or so. I'm also going to be volunteering at that cool middle school that wanted to hire me this summer, though I had to withdraw my name from consideration because of my MAT courses.
Thrilling, I know.
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