From the beginning of the year, I remember feeling an undercurrent of change. Perhaps that pulsing was connected to a mostly new administration, but it felt deeper and I was right.
By year's end, I would learn that a chapbook of poetry, my first, would be published, that my application to the Freedom Writers Teacher Institute would be accepted, and that I would not be teaching Creative Writing next year, nor Honors sophomores.
The change in course schedule was largely my choice. Earlier in the year I proposed teaching a Film as Literature class. I was told that 2 sections would need to fill in order to offer it. Later, I found out from my VP that I had enough course requests to fill 7 sections--holy moly!
Originally, I proposed that the class be counted as an English credit. When it was deemed to only serve as an elective, I felt a bit disappointed.
Then I snapped out of it.
I began to consider all of the opportunities I will have to experiment with instruction and project based learning without having to be as tied to state standards. Disappointment quickly turned into excitement. Not to say that such changes aren't bitter sweet. I started the Creative Writing courses at my high school. Poetry Night, Poetry Out Loud, Imprint---all came into fruition during my tenure.
I hope that they'll continue, but I am also confident in the teacher taking over and excited to see the new directions in which she steers the course.
This was my 16th year of teaching high school. It was definitely worthy of being called my Sweet 16.
While some teachers begin to understandably experience burn out at this stage of their careers, I know that the students and staff at CHS are a primary reason I feel a renewed commitment to a career I am so grateful to practice.
I wish you a wonderful summer! Be on the lookout for some updates regarding my summer adventures with Freedom Writers, Rock Your World and more.
Thanks for reading Home Room #457!