Monday had a plan. And . . . it did not play out as intended in either class. Here's what would have happened in a more perfect world.
Get inspired for 10 minutes by perusing the items on the inspiration shelf.
Go for a swim through the Mt. Blue Campus, taking in observations and then applying them to a reading of Cheever's "The Swimmer."
Read and discuss Hamlet.
Peer workshop synthesis essay #2 (3B only)
Instead . . . well . . . other things happened in each. And I set a rather crap tone to carry us into our Turkey Day break. This is a public apology for that. We have had a really great fall from my p.o.v. and a confluence of factors came along this morning to disrupt that greatness. My frustration cup runneth over and I looked for blame rather than solutions. NOT the best way to go.
One thing I love about these three classes is that each has its own identity. Today, I disrupted both classes with ill-considered min-rants. They came from a place of truth, but not a place of empathy and thus, they were unfair.
Moving forward. I will blog. Daily. And if the blog is not up when you come to class, you will have time to work, discuss, DO, while I get the blog up. No blog, no class. It's a reasonable expectation.
Moving forward. Please read. I try very hard not to overwhelm with too much work at a time. (Sometimes I fail at this.) And the penalties for lateness are minimal in AP Lit. As a result, I know that class work for other classes can sometimes take precedent. I'm asking everyone to be amplify the cognizance around this: If I can't be confident that the class has read, I can't be confident in planning meaningful experiences around the reading. And that means I make gross, lame, classes. We haven't had many of those I don't think -- at least it hasn't felt that way to me. So . . .
Putting this on the blog in hopes that it will increase my own accountability in these regards.
Blog: NONE! Take the week to catch up on past entries or just plain chill. And if you want to blog, I will read it! Blogs continue to be a source of inspiration for me. So much good stuff. If you haven't read through your classmates' thoughts yet, do so post haste!
Synthesis Essay 2: Due Tuesday, November 26th. Google Drive that sucker.
Hamlet: We will pause until we have read in class up to where we have read outside of class. We will be calibrated when we are back from Turkey Day.