|The courtyard for the younger students to play.|
|The basketball court, which also acts as the volleyball court.|
|The two high school classrooms, mine is on the right. Since it is equally rainy and sunny every day right now, rainbows can be seen quite often.|
|My classroom at the beginning of the year.|
|The cafeteria busy during lunch time.|
My position at the Coop includes a multitude of things, and constantly growing with each week. Currently I am teaching 8th grade Geography & Cultures, 9th grade U.S. History, 11th grade World History, 11th + 12th grade Chemistry, and Geometry, which has students from 7th-12th grade. All teachers teach a level of mathematics during 1st period using a program called Saxon Math. Lets just say my feelings towards this program equate to me convincing the principal to hire a mathematics teacher by 2013. As for the Chemistry class, I willingly accepted to teach it partly due to the fact that I was the 4th person to be offered it, but also because I love all types of science (although I am very much NOT certified to teach any of them). It has gone very well so far, except for the fact that our lab facilities and equipment are severely lacking. Up to this point, not having the equipment has not been too much of an issue, but now that we are getting into the meat of the subject, a lab would so much more beneficial for the students. Luckily I was approached by the principal just the other day, letting me know I could order some supplies that I thought would be necessary for the experiments. Now if only I had that science background...we will see how it goes.
Outside of the classroom, I am running an SAT prep club for the 11th and 12th graders, a member of the Jambo Art Club, a member of the Long Island Tennis Club, soon to be a member of the JSA club (Junior State of America), and many more plans are in the process. Unfortunately, there are not too many options for kids outside of going to school. As educators and leaders in this community, many of the teachers are trying to continue or create clubs and organizations to keep students occupied. Rather than see them fall into a typical lifestyle of alcoholism and laziness, we are trying to get them to be proactive and motivated to make a change in their culture. As the 11th grade advisor, I am also in charge of working with the 11th grade parent advisor and the students to run fund raising activities. So far, activities will include: movie night, car washes, Saturday day care, bake sales, a concert (hopefully), and many more. All of the monies are in the works of going towards a class trip at the end of their high school career!
Here are some pictures of the younger students, mostly playing outside. My students and their views on school are the next to come...
|Assemblies are held Monday and Friday mornings, where announcements are made, the raising of flag is done, and the singing of the national anthem.|