My two cents (Week of Feb 8, 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 19th post in the series.

Monday (Feb 8)
During the first 10 minutes of ninth period, 11/15 of students participated in some way (over the mic or in the chat) within the first 13 minutes of class. Considering that I have had so much silence in their class (so much so that at one point I actually started reading my current book aloud on Zoom), I was absolutely thrilled; today was a good day.

Tuesday (Feb 9)
Fifth period may have decided on a new class theme: snacks and es hora de comer. I scrambled to prep and distribute the second mathematical penpal letters for eighth period and somehow managed to pull it off.

Wednesday (Feb 10)
I sent a former student, MC, an email wishing her happy birthday, which made waking up today totally worth it. In first period, the roles were switched and instead of the class voting on the top they wanted me to wear today, a student volunteered and we voted on her top (the winner was a tie-dye hoodie).

Thursday (Feb 11)
A low-key day full of flex time to complete the week’s assignments. In ninth period, it made me happy to drop two close friends in the same breakout so they could talk to one another; given how foreign my students have been to me this year, the fact that I knew they were close friends and was able to act on it was an unusual feeling that I appreciated so much.

Friday (Feb 12)
No Classes — Lunar New Year

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