Shhh…Don’t tell 2020 I’m back in the classroom!

Hello friends!

I know, it’s been a while….and if you are reading this, I’m grateful.   Where am I?  I’m in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!!   I’ve been living here since August 1 and hope to be here for a while.   Last fall I accepted a sub position for a maternity leave in Austin, Texas.  By January I knew that I really wanted to be back in the classroom full-time for a while….if I could find the right fit.    With the advice and support of many of you, I found my way to an independent day school here in Baton Rouge.  

We’ve been in the classroom since August 7th and yes….it is a very different world in many ways!   First, I need to say that the staff, students, parents and administration have been very helpful, supportive and welcoming!   It is OVERWHELMING to start at a new school.  I’ve done it a number of times (3 times in the past 4 years actually!) and it takes a while to get the details straightened it.  (the hundreds of thousands of details!)

I have two classes of 7th graders (second half of Spanish 1), and three classes of 8th graders (Intro to Spanish 2 and Spanish 2).   I also have a homeroom/study hall with 7th graders and advisory (which we haven’t started yet.)   It’s a rotating block schedule with 4 classes per day and an A-G day schedule.  I have a page printed out for each and every day on my wall or I have NO idea what kids I’ll see!   It’s actually already starting to make sense and feel normal but those schedules are never “natural” if you know I mean!!

Things I love about being here:

  • Crepe myrtle trees
  • Passing thunderstorms
  • A beautiful view from my classroom and my apartment
  • Having to go outside to go anywhere on campus
  • Students who say “Yes ma’am” and “No ma’am”
  • THE FOOD!  (On and off campus!)
  • The diversity of this city
  • My colleagues

Things I am learning to appreciate:

  • Canvas  (a bit of a learning curve for me!)
  • Loom
  • Google Teams
  • A slower pace 
  • Using pool noodles as a social distancing visual

With love,

Laurie

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