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Today, while sitting on hall duty I had a funny experience.  This was good because normally hall duty is VERY boring.  One of the custodians said to me, “I thought you were a student.” I just sat there and didn’t know what to say.  He continued, “I saw you sitting and thought, ‘Oh, maybe she’s just taking a break or waiting for someone.'” Now, this was odd for me because 1) I’m over six feet tall, I don’t exactly look like a little kid walking around 2) I was wearing a cami, sweater, dress pants, and heels which is not exactly teenage attire 3) I know he’s seen me on multiple occasions, many times while I am on hall duty or in the teacher’s cafeteria which is not where students are usually hanging out.

I just laughed and said, “Nope, not for a couple of years now.” Sometimes,  I wish really hard that I was just a student sitting and taking a break and not dealing with job hunts, grad school applications, bills, and the multitude of other things that come with growing up.  C’est la vie!

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Good Day

Today, I had a genuinely good day.  I got my assignment and I was a little wary.  There is one group of students that tends to catch an attitude and not want to do any work.  The first few times I thought it was something against me, but as the year progressed I found that is basically how they act in all classes.

I got upstairs and asked about the assignment from teacher who shares the room and found the students were watching, “The Great Gatsby” from 1974, with Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, and Sam Waterston.  I remember the basic premise of the book but it had been a while so I sat and actually got into the movie.  It was interesting to see the students actually sitting and paying attention to the film.  They even kept their cross-room bickering to one or two comments and told ME they would be having  a test on it.  It was amazing!

The next class was a bit more talkative during the movie but they were making comments about what was happening in the movie and asking questions, so I allowed it.  It was funny to see their reactions to the flappers and the way people acted.  To them it seemed so weird or lame. I got to use some of my history skills and teach a bit about the time period, saying it was a different time period than today and society had different expectations.  I loved it!

After that I was in inclusion classes and a study skills class so I didn’t have much work.  Despite this,  it was a great feeling to start out a bit apprehensive and to have things turn out well and to actually get to teach.

The only problem with the day was now I have to rent the movie so I can finish watching it!

 

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