This week my freshmen academy students were given iPads to use in their three academy classes. They're completely excited to have them and as a teacher I'm ecstatic. Math teacher sees me this morning and says, "The iPads are awesome. I put my test review online, made it sort of interactive and I have my two worst students who never do a single thing playing around with math because it's on the iPad. They have barely opened their eyes this year, much less a book, and they were actually prepping for a test because it's on the cool iPad." Technology is good. Today in English, I listed four applications they could explore for the period and they were having a blast, just learning how to use each app and sharing with each other things they were finding. The benefit for me is that I've struggled with those four apps for the past two months but after two class periods, I have all four down cold. And now when I'm lesson planning, I can incorporate all four apps into my lesson plans and expectations. Tomorrow I'm giving them three more apps to play with/explore/teach me and it will be great.
Also, my JV softball team made my day today. They are a wonderful group of girls who are incredibly supportive of each other and they make my days better. There was some drama flying around the air today and my girls were just laughing about it because it was ridiculous. I couldn't have been prouder of them! They also get better every single day.
Do Something, Anything by Sam Nam
This is a smallish short story set in an office where the protagonist, "The Creep," falls in love/lust/infatuation with the new woman in a neighboring cubicle. The Creep doesn't know what to do with these feelings so he basically just creeps her out.
Story: 7 of 10
I didn't love it but I didn't not like it either. I enjoyed the read. There is one scene which was particularly awesome that involves a stapler. It's near the end and I honestly LOL'd.
Teachability: 5 of 10
You could possibly teach Point of View with this and there are a couple scenes of humor, but overall I think students would be pretty meh about it.