For those who don’t know, I teach in a school which uses a 4 by 90 minute block schedule utilizing two semesters per school year. I love this schedule — did my student teaching in this system, then got a full time job at a school that had 8-43 minute periods and knew that I loved the block schedule even more. When the opportunity to come back to this school with the block (which also happens to be my alma mater) arose almost 10 years ago, I jumped at the chance. I can’t really imagine going back to all of those periods in a day, yet fully understand that the block isn’t for everybody. But it is for me.
Again, for those who don’t know, I teach English, Mass Media & Communications, and Yearbook and love every minute of it. I have the opportunity to work with awesome – and I do mean awesome kids on a daily basis. I work with students who are in an upper level (Honors) English class and then those who are typically interested in writing enough to take our journalism class. I get to work with kids who put together a 248 page yearbook and for all intents and purposes run a $60,000 a year business, and that’s quite an accomplishment for students.
I work with some incredibly dedicated, talented and inspiring teachers as well — many of whom consistently make me realize that I need to raise my game on a daily level. I work with people who are willing to do what’s right, even when it’s hard — and work very hard to impart this value in the students we work with. I admire this a great deal.
There are times that I get bogged down in the negative — I know this is true. But I think we all need to take a step back at times and realize how fortunate we are. I do, for sure…