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English 10

December 15, 2009

Hey English 10 students—click the “English 10” tab to your upper right to see your daily agenda and access class handouts.

I am currently teaching a sophomore English class at Sheldon High School, where I did my student teaching. It’s pretty awesome to be back; the poor, petrified freshmen I taught then are now confident, gregarious seniors. They survived me! Yay!

Greg Cantwell, the teacher I am subbing for, just had twin girls with his wife. He’s taking paternity leave, for which he entrusted me his two sophomore classes and the Talisman, Sheldon’s student newspaper. After winter break he’ll be back to teach the 10th graders, but I’ll still grade and advise newspaper for him. Yay!

This is a great opportunity for me. I had a full-time teaching job for the 2007-2008 school year, but based on the number of preps I had (six—English 10, English 11, English 12, Modern Lit, AP Lit, and Literary Magazine) and the lack of resources and support, it was a pretty dismal year. So dismal, in fact, I was wallowing in an existential crisis for a year, asking myself, “Do I really want to teach?”

Being back at Sheldon, with supportive colleagues, and—gasp!—textbooks, is really helping me appreciate the profession (as did my month-long gig at Cal Young Middle last year). In English 10 we’re reading Othello, and I’m scaring the Talisman staff with the copious amount of red ink I’m leaving on their drafts and layouts (sorry, that multimedia design minor exacerbates my perfectionism).

So, everything is going awesome here.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2009 12:01 am

  2. Devyn Fallenstein permalink
    December 30, 2009 9:56 pm

    😛 I appreciate the red ink on my paper. I remember what mistakes I made and I try to make them happen less 🙂 ‘Sides, classes are so much more interesting when you’re teaching em. I’m not sucking up, I swear! Thanks for being our sub! 😀 -Devyn

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