I just had THE BEST first day of school of my entire career, and it had nothing to do with my circumstances. And I don’t just mean that the quality of my first day of school notched up slightly above other starts. I mean this was off the charts amazing! Like Takeru Kobayashi smashing the world record for eating 50 hot dogs in 10 minutes, when the previous record was 25, kind of amazing!
Okay, I’ll get on with it.
But before I jump in, I need to make something clear upfront: not much has changed about my circumstances from last year to this year. Last year, I was teaching . . .
- 3 sections of English IV ERWC (with a per class student count of 36, 37, 36) and
- 2 sections English II Honors (with a per class student count of 27, 27)
This year I am teaching . . .
- 4 sections of English IV ERWC (with a per class student count of 36, 36, 36, 36) and
- 1 section of English II Honors (with a per class student count of 36)
Never mind the high numbers in my classes, I want you to notice the similarities. Same courses, with just a few more students. The caliber of students under my care isn’t significantly different. So what made this start so much better? Continue reading “2 Small Things Completely Changed How I View My Students”