Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Beginning The Wrap-Up

This was the last day of preparation for the grade 12s to have their U.S. History presentations ready. I confirmed that I have booked the powerpoint machine and I gave them a good exercise for the remainder of the war. They finished the last 30 minutes preparing for their presentations and I generally have a good feeling for what's to come.

I really feel like we're starting to watch for the end of my stay at ECI. I have the Dec. 6th assembly to help coach through (that's a whole other kettle of fish), we're planning all three unit tests, and I'm starting to have real difficulties not thinking about the kid on the way. I'll have to be careful that I don't get too distracted. Things have been great, moving comfortably forward, but I've got to bring it all together nicely for a neat finalé.

It turns out that Peggy is going to away on Thursday again. I take that as a vote of confidence in me. I've got to admit that I'm a little disappointed Ms.H. will miss some presentations, but so it goes. She has a really good opportunity to attend a good conference, so she's taking it. Ultimately I'm just really thinkful for how amazingly supportive and open she is with me. She allows me to do as I see fit, guiding me through the details of planning, interjecting only on occasion and always on point.

Veerla will be coming to see a review for the U.S. test. I hope I can make it interesting enough to make it worth her drive to Etobicoke.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Assessment Number Three

In some ways, the morning class got a much better lesson than the class that Ms. N. came to see and assess. I actually managed to get through the entire stock market simulation of the 1929 crash, but both ways it felt rushed and complicated. I can't say that for when Ms. N. was there. I'm sure the point was made with them, and they have at least a vague understanding of the dangers of buying on margin, but I can't help but think that it needs to be simplified somehow. That, or it goes over the course of several classes, through the entire unit, say.

That being siad, I was really happy with the results I got from Ms. N., and I feel like she felt it worked, so I'll take it as a good thing that I can find things to do to make it better. I'm really looking forward to having my own class—I think that it'll be tough as hell, but I know I can do it and I can't wait to try.