Before Spring Break students had been working with a local artist in order to create the newest mural at Brooklyn Collaborative. The photo below is only one part of a set of three that demonstrates how we are Crew, not Passengers in this educational journey. It truly is magnificent and was a wonderful way of returning from Spring Break.
The last day of classes before Spring Break was a relative blur - except the transportation to the airport afterward. With school ending at 3:05pm and our flight leaving at 5:40pm, it was very tight to get there, Luckily, the LIRR came to our aid and we arrived at check-in with a few minutes to spare!
Students are actively working on their Geometry PBATs. They have to calculate distances and angle measures to show if a pool ball will eventually go into a specified pocket on the pool table. They are working feverishly trying to get it done!
On the day when the rest of the school took the SAT our seniors got a chance go to Queens for the New York Hall of Science. After a lovely day exploring the museum (despite its focus truly being younger kids) we had lunch at local Italian eateries. Here is a wonderful haul from a local bakery. So tasty!
It amazes me how much email flows through my inbox these days. At lunchtime every day I am sifting through about 50 emails (some important, some not) so I'm very glad that right now as I finish up some work for school I realize that it has gotten below 20 for the first time in weeks and I am very happy to see it.
I saw this today in the local Union newspaper I receive every month. I was so afraid when Betsy DeVos became Secretary of Education, especially since she doesn't truly understand the need for some important federal legislation to protect our student's needs. I have read and heard more about plans for more school "choice" (read: destruction of public schools) and reducing the role of the federal government in education. I just hope someone comes to their senses soon and gets her out of there.
One of the nice things we do at my school is go to the local pub together to get drinks on Fridays. Not every Friday, mind you, but enough that it is a known example of our camaraderie. So, this past Friday we went and I enjoyed venting after a hard, long week. It helped me transition to my weekend of some relaxing (but, honestly, it was just a lot of work!).
For our last All Crew Day with seniors one of my Crew brought in a massive chocolate easter bunny to share with everyone. It wasn't so much that it was massive that made me happy and want to share this - it was that she specifically brought it to share with others. It was a kind gesture that really made the day start off well for me.
From my prior post you can gather that there was an incident that caused a lot of difficulty. Therefore, for our second All Crew Day with seniors one of my co-workers brought in this quote to read with the students. It was very useful to remember that while days like that take place we don't have to let them take control of us and dwell on them. It was a great way to start a new day.
Today we took part in our last all-crew day intensives with students I have worked with for four years. I was pleasantly surprised that almost all of our students showed up (21 out of 23). While the day itself turned south quite quickly (a story can't really share here), the vast majority of students were quite kind and I had some great conversations with them about college, taxes, and just general things in the world. I look forward to the rest of our time together this year.
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!