Thursday, June 16, 2016

Old Home Day


Why I was back in this class is kind of a long story. Why they even needed a sub is an open question. When I talked to Ms. A, I was told that most of her regulars had graduated.

Graduation at the continuation high school doesn't work like traditional high schools. A set amount of work counts for a credit. Once the student earns the district (not sure if this is statewide) required 220 credits, they graduate. They can finish at any time, not just in June.

There was one girl who needed a little help with her history assignment. Otherwise, things were pretty dead until the afternoon. That's when the instructional assistant (IA) arrived with Angel in tow. (I'm looking back through previous posts. I haven't mentioned Angel much. Which surprises me, as she was the type of student that frequently fills my posts.)

I hadn't seen Angel in a while as she graduated a while ago. She's now at a local community college studying forensics. She came by campus to make sure her boyfriend got grad night tickets as they were going together.

A couple others stopped by to pick up paperwork they needed for college enrollment or just for their personal records (stuff they should have on hand in case they ever need it). One of the boys had been at the school for a while (and never made the blog--a good student), so it was good to see that he'd finally finished.

Then Taylor stopped by. She needed help with something for college and help with finding a new job as she'd just stopped going to her old one... The IA, who was as bored as me, was happy to help.

An actual student walked in for 7th period. He started a math assignment. He waved me off when I initially offered, but when he got stuck, he was happy for my help.

Taylor chimed in. She said I was a good one to help him. I guess she does remember and appreciate how I helped her finish that final credit.

Note: Today is the last day of school. Next week is when I recap this week. I have a couple more subbing stories. Then it'll be time for my annual repost of the Graduation Daydream and my Year End Stats (spoiler: my days are up for this year). That will be either next week or the week after, depending on how the posts work out.

20 comments:

  1. Now do you get to start summer vacation??

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    1. You mean two months of no work? Yep.

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  2. Summer vacation, woo! Though I guess it's not as fun for teachers as it is for students.

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  3. Its "funny" how late the schools get out in parts of Southern California compared to other places, but I do remember getting out this late and then not starting back until after Labor Day. Enjoy the summer break! Looking forward to seeing your end of year stat report.

    I don't know why I chuckled when I read Angel was studying forensics. I wish her best with it!

    betty

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    1. It's not late. The rest of the country seems to get out really, really early. And start back really early, too.

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  4. It must be a good feeling to see the results of your efforts. I bet by the end of the year you are ready for a break!

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  5. Even after all these years I still feel great hearing about school ending and I have been out of school for decades. It must have made you feel good when that student recommended you. You should feel proud

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    1. I don't know about proud. More like just happy she remembered.

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    2. Well, I say you should be proud....if a student remembers a teacher for something good that will stay with them forever and that is worth a pat on the back.

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  6. I bet it's nice to have former students come in and see how they are doing.

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    1. It's nice to see where some of them have landed. Those that I remember, anyway. (I don't always remember them.)

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  7. Will you go back next fall???Hope you enjoy your summer break

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    1. Probably. Unless something comes along to change things, I'll be back to the same ol' when school starts back up.

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  8. Oh I hope you have tucked away a little cash so you can do something far removed from the classroom over the summer. Sleeping late and reading and knitting and enjoying the silence over a cuppa, all sound good.

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  9. Last day of school! You must be happy, like the students.

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  10. Just knowing you can sleep in and your time is freed up is the best part of school holidays I think. Teaching is an inflexible job in a way and it's hard to get chores done.

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  11. Well that's a nice thing to hear that you made an impression on her. I kind of like the fulfill a certain amount of credits in your own time thing. There were many classes along the way I could have finished in a fraction of the time back in the day.

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