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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Well, I feel like a brand new teacher! Yes, I am back to being a probationary teacher which means planning meeting, a lesson plan(what do they look like?), and then the dreaded observation. This all happened on Monday and I think I was the first teacher in the Middle School/High School to have it done. Sounds like I had a shot or surgery-not sure what would have been more painless. :-)

Had my pre-observation meeting a day late as the principal got sick on Sunday so it all happened in one day. Yes, I did stress myself out as I wanted it to be good. I had my 6th grade Ancient Civ class observed and it is an interesting class to teach much less observe. This is the same class that I had 6 parents sit in on for the Middle School Open House to see if I was "doing" my job. Anyway he spent all but 15 minutes in class to check out my lesson on Sumerian artifacts and inventions which is leading up to a project that will be started on Wednesday by this group. It will be interesting! Still waiting for the post observation meeting...not with baited breath.

Today was our first "Minimum Day" where the kids are released at noon and there is extended Club Day for the MS kids. Oh, on Tuesday's we have club day-teen yoga, games, Student Council, math games & art, steal the bacon and I have a study hall this round. This takes place during snack/advisory so there is about 13-15 minutes to do this but on Minimum Days we have a half hour. Just like home, the kids get to leave but we get to stay behind for those lovely staff things that happen during this time! The Middle School got to see the MAP Test scores but still don't get them as I am not tested so I had to sit through a 2 1/2 hour meeting listening to our curriculum person play the political line and how this information can benefit us. We(the MS staff) agreed afterwards that this test data does not help us as none of us really have a curriculum to follow and that the test questions do not match up with what is being tested. Sound familiar to you teachers? See, it's not that different!!! :-)

On the way home I got fresh bread from the corner bakery not to far from where I live. Oh was it ever good! They love sesame seeds so it is on everything which is ok with me! There is also bread shaped like the moon on the mosque as it is Ramadan. I almost bought a Ramadan window light in the shape of a mosque-still debating on that one! It actually was cheaper than buying a string of Christmas lights! So maybe... Dinner was chicken schwarma with cucumbers, humas, and pickles for a whopping 1.3JD or about $1.75. Most people would consider it street food but these places are all over and there is actually one cheaper by my house where you can get the schwarms and fries all rolled together for 50 piasters or about 75cents! Tonight was writing a test for my American History class. They will be challenged when they get it tomorrow!!!

Well it is almost 11pm so I best get to bed. Need to be able to get up and copy the test in the am. Hope everybody is well...

K :-)
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