My two cents (Week of Jan 25, 2021)

For each school day of the 2020-21 school year, I will be writing two sentences to capture some of the impressions, feelings, experiences, or thoughts I had that day. This is the 17th post in the series.

Monday (Jan 25)
In aiding so many students in makeup work both in class and during office hours, my throat felt like sandpaper by the end of it all. Had probably the most successful day grading and entering grades that I’ve had all year.

Tuesday (Jan 26)
In helping a student with makeup work, I realized how uncomfortable it made me to ask him to complete missing assignments…given that I knew next to nothing about him. I told him this and asked him to tell me something meaningful about himself; he told me he liked soccer.

Wednesday (Jan 27)
More one-on-ones with students today. I went out of my way to learn something else about the student from yesterday; he’s really into the game Warzone on PS5.

Thursday (Jan 28)
Thankful to have had the chance to tell a colleague the extent to which I respect him. Took a break from make-up work in 8th period and had a great conversation with two kids about ageism.

Friday (Jan 29)
Found myself in a perfunctory mood for most of the day, though it ended on a high note when I recorded the semester one recap show for the podcast. A women of color expressed her frustration with me during a breakout room during the school-wide RSJ session.

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