Friday - October 3, 1997
When I was a student in high school, I used to love to get out of class for
pep assemblies, fire drills, presentations... anything! Now that I'm on
the other side of the fence, though, I have mixed feelings about it.
On one hand, it's nice to get a little time out of the spotlight. But
it sure screws up any schedule you might have. Today was a good example
It started 2nd hour. I was just about to give the kids a quiz when
the fire alarm goes off. I guess I wasn't too surprised.. after all,
it was a beautiful day out and the school needs to get an incredible
number of fire drill in per year. But I wasn't planning on this
interruption at all. It took all of 10 minutes, but that was enough
to totally screw up my plan. I figured that the quiz would take up
most of the hour, but I thought I had 15 minutes at the end to go
over the current section. With the fire drill (and a longer quiz then
planned), I had absolutely no time to do a lecture. Ah well...
Maureen was sick today, also! I find this out only by a substitute
teacher coming into the room and introducing herself. By law, a student
teacher cannot teach a class by him/herself. If the cooperating teacher
is absent, then the district must get a sub. Since I am already teaching
most of the classes and I know more about the rest of them then any sub,
it seems pointless to have a sub at all. But the law's the law...
In third hour, then, I had the class work in their groups for the
entire hour. They worked on definitions for the first 20 minutes or so
and just wasted time for the rest of the hour.
4th hour is done with all the sections in the chapter so I started
them on the chapter review. Nearly all of the class finished the review
before the end of the hour.
5th hour lasted only 30 minutes. Today was homecoming, so the school
got out of class to do homecoming things like tug of war and relays. I
didn't want to deal with a rowdy class for the 30 minutes they were there,
so I laid down the law early on. I told them that if they weren't angels
for the entire 30 minutes -- if even one person was talking -- then the
entire class would stay back until I let them go. Now that was effective!
Whenever a kid would start to talk, everybody around him would immediately
shut him up. I had them work on their chapter reviews until the bell
I thought that that was about it. After all, we were told that the
students would report to their 7th hour class just long enough to take
role and then they would go to a pep assembly. That was what we were
told. So the students come in; I take role; The bell rings; The students
leave... only to come back one minute later looking like whipped puppies!
"Mr Sundblad yelled at us to get back to our rooms," they say. I hear
that they are supposed to wait for the second bell before going. OK.
The second bell rings and they leave again. They come back again. "They
told us to go back to our classrooms!" This time, I go talk to Craig and
am told that there is an elementary gym class going on until 2:20. The
second bell is actually the fourth bell. Apparently, Jen is setting up
the homecoming activities for the first time and she hasn't ironed out
all the bugs. So I sit in the class and listen to a few of the more
emotional girls hyperventilate until the bell rings again. This time
it is for real. Finally.
All in all, the day was pretty easy to handle. But with all the
sitting around, it sure was boring...