My 10's started optics and we are almost done. It isn't that exciting of a unit, but they grasped all the mathematical concepts and we are doing ANOTHER dissection (sheep eye) after the break, and their test. Most of my classes are pretty good but a few are struggling and I've been try to help them as much as possible with less than a month left in the course.
The semester has gone by quickly - next semester I have a 10 applied (ugh), and an 11 university chem (YAY!). 3 different classes instead of 2 like this semester, but my section of 10 academic will be easy since I taught it already this semester. Just need to make some changes to the bio unit and all will be well!
On Thursday we had the play Christmas party - the kids were happy from the singing and acting break - it's nice when they can just hang out and get to know each other from time to time. There are all different types of kids involved.
That night was the dance...wow...every year there are a few drunk girls that get hauled into the office where they call their parents. I have helped out with student council last year and this year, so this is the third dance I've chaperoned. Well - this year I went above and beyond the call of duty as a teacher. Brief scenario - girl puking in the bathroom - she's on the toilet, the puke is on the floor. She's not really answering - we are concerned, end up having to get a cop in to tell her to open the door, she doesn't. He goes over the top and unlatches it and lets us ladies try to get her up. She does NOT want to get off that toilet and she is crazy drunk. Pukes a few more times until another teacher and I grab her under the armpits and lift her up. She does not want to stand so is not kneeling in her own vomit. The cops come to help lift her up as we yank up her underwear and tights - "I do NOT need to be doing this" I think. Then they half drag her across the main foyer into the office. This is a mistake since its carpeted and she barfs some more. Not good. Another girl didn't even make it INTO the dance she was so drunk. The VP's had to half carry her into the office as well from the parking lot! WOW. I hope I don't ever have to teach those girls...I would have been mortified if that were me, but the bad thing is that they will just laugh it off with their friends and not be embarrassed at all! GEEZ! So crazy night all around. Good way to end before the break.
Yesterday was a write-off - less than half the kids but I did get a lot of marking done at least. Now I am off until January 3rd. Before Christmas arrives in exactly one week, for my grade 10 I need to make 2 versions of my optics unit test, update my eye dissection lab, update all my climate change notes and ISU, and for my grade 12 I need to make my organic chemistry test as well as a few assignments for the rest of the unit, and for all 3 classes I need to write my exams. Oh yes, and mark those grade 12 ISUs which are huge. Better to get it done this week than upon my return, however. Then it will be smooth sailing so I can prep for next semester. My goal is to do no work between Dec 25th and Jan 3rd. Wish me luck!