It started out on Friday night. Ryan and I went to Indian food (mmm, duh), and then a pie place called The Pie Hole in the Downtown LA Arts district. Oh man, was it good. I mean, The Republic of Pie in NoHo is good, as far as pie-only places go, but this definitely topped it.
The Early Gray pie, topped with pistachios. I keep daydreaming about this one.
Ryan with the double-crust apple pie. And FREE whipped cream because it was The Pie Hole’s 2nd birthday!
Then on Saturday night Stephen and I saw Captain Phillips, which was really good and I recommend it. Today I went into work to get some copying out of the way. It was well worth it — if I had tried to do all of that copying at school with all of my colleagues around also copying, it would never happen. I’m pretty sure I made copies of *almost* everything I might need for this upcoming week! (until I realize what I’m missing).
I had various meetings on Friday about my progress – normal meetings, not meetings of the we-need-to-talk variety. I had had an awful week this week for various reasons, but my discussions with the Principal and my coach really turned things around for me. Some tidbits:
*The principal told me that “I must be doing something right” in terms of IEP students (learning disabilities), because she had been at a meeting with one of them and apparently he was able to recount in detail everything we were doing in my class (yessssss).
*She also told me that when she observed my lesson (crappy as it was, I’ll admit it), she could tell that literally no time was wasted — the students were always doing something.
*She said that she thinks it was well-worth hiring me (even late in the year) and that she thinks I have the potential to be a terrific teacher with the coaching they can give me.
*She appreciates my reflectiveness — everything that she was going to tell me about my lesson, I said first, which she appreciated it.
*My coach walked in to the last 5 minutes of my last class of the day on Friday (imagine 30 monkeys simultaneously shrieking and hanging off of anything they can grab on to) and I was kind of mortified that that was what she saw, but she told me later that I was handling things so well and that I was “a different teacher from last week”.
*My coach is pretty cool and extremely helpful (she used to be the principal of one of the other middle schools) and she told me that she wishes she were where I am now when she was in her first month of teaching.
*Also, my hardest class finally started taking the positive reinforcement system seriously (this week was the first time I tried to implement it, and even though it’s all about positivity, it was excruciatingly painful while we were getting used to it, including me thinking about quitting), but on Friday something clicked and they behaved like angels. The best part is they were trying hard to reach their goal AND I DIDN’T EVEN SAY THERE WAS A PRIZE WAITING FOR THEM ON THE OTHER END. They’ll probably forget that they know how to behave by Monday, but this gives me great hope.