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There Will Be No Electives Today

It's raining and it's windy and some parts of our campus have so much water on them that we cannot walk around to some of the elective classed without getting our feet wet. All after school activities have been cancelled but we still expect to enjoy a full day of school.

Since the students could not go to their electives, the administration decided to show a character education movie during the elective period and have the elective teachers relieve the class room teachers so we could still have our planning period. I spent most of my planning period working on my teacher web page. There is still a lot to do since I've changed grade level and subject this year, but I was able to get all the sixth grade stuff off my page except for one thing.

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Feisty56 wrote on October 2, 2015, 11:15 AM

I like your choice of words -- "enjoy a full day of school." I hope that was true for the majority of staff and students.

VinceSummers wrote on October 2, 2015, 11:37 AM

How much easier it would have been to cancel classes for the day, right?

lexiconlover wrote on October 2, 2015, 11:40 AM

Wait you get a teacher webpage? That's kind of cool.

Rufuszen wrote on October 2, 2015, 11:55 AM

Sounds like the hurricane is sill trying to get ashore!

markgraham wrote on October 2, 2015, 1:18 PM

Was the change good or bad for you. It seemed like you got some chores out of the way at least during planning time.

paigea wrote on October 2, 2015, 3:58 PM

It's good they found a way to let you get your planning done!

CoralLevang wrote on October 2, 2015, 9:33 PM

It sounds like the powers-that-be support good attendance and use of time.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 2, 2015, 9:56 PM

As odd as it may sound, it seemed like the rainy day and the relief that we weren't going to get hit by the hurricane put most everyone in a relaxed and friendly mood today. I think my students, though we did work through today's lesson, enjoyed themselves as we had quite good discussions about the material we were learning.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 2, 2015, 9:57 PM

The only thing about cancelling on a crappy day is we always wind up having to make up the day on the nicest day of the season.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 2, 2015, 9:59 PM

My page last year was kept much more up to date. This year they switched to a new program and it took forever to get things up and running. But I am starting to build my new page a little here and a little there.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 2, 2015, 9:59 PM

Joaquin is actually moving away instead of towards us but is still channeling a lot of moisture our way.

VinceSummers wrote on October 2, 2015, 10:06 PM

Yes I know. It's just that it seems unnecessary to put the very young kids through all the messy weather. And it's odd they have to be up so early, to boot. But that's not the teachers' doing.

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 3, 2015, 12:06 AM

Glad you had a full day and still got some time away from the students to get other things done. Hope the weather clears soon

Paulie wrote on October 3, 2015, 3:00 AM

What elective classes are available for the students? Are any of them foreign languages? Also, could you share your teacher web page with me?

LoudMan wrote on October 3, 2015, 6:32 AM

Good to hear the hurricane might not hit.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 3, 2015, 11:25 AM

The change didn't affect me that much as I still worked on the things I would have during my planning. It affected the elective teachers most as they lost a day of instruction.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 3, 2015, 11:26 AM

Our principal and assistant principal both work very hard to turn situations into the best learning opportunities for the students. Character Ed movies like they saw yesterday, RADIO, are just as important in some ways as the academics.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 3, 2015, 11:29 AM

Our students have a choice between Spanish, Keyboarding, Life Skills (what we called Home Economics), Art, Chorus, and Band. They are all required to attend Phys Ed every day. My teacher web page is As they changed hosting companies last year it is still a work in progress, as you will see if you visit.

markgraham wrote on October 3, 2015, 6:36 PM

Sorry for them I hope they do not lose anything in their paychecks or do they have to chores like cafeteria or restroom duties if schools still do that.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 3, 2015, 7:01 PM

Our admin at my school are very good about making sure teachers get their planning time. We are lucky.

Paulie wrote on October 4, 2015, 2:41 AM

It's surprising that the school wouldn't offer another foreign language like maybe French or Latin. Thanks for sharing the website. I will definitely check it out.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 4, 2015, 11:03 AM

Despite all the overwhelming body of research that shows our start time is about the worst time for middle school students to start school the powers that be, who are always saying our instruction should be research based, refuse to invest the money in a few more buses so we can start a little later in the morning.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 4, 2015, 11:04 AM

They won't lose anything. They basically got a day free of instructing but had to babysit each grade level and watch the character ed movie three times.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 4, 2015, 11:06 AM

It's a matter of money. To offer another language they would have to hire another teacher. With Spanish they get a two for one because the Spanish teacher doubles as the English as a Second Language teacher.

The high schools offer other languages as online classes.

markgraham wrote on October 4, 2015, 11:40 AM

Depends on the subject of the movie. Believe it or not when I was living up North I applied to be a Character Education instructor, but again they were looking for people with more experience than what I had at the time.

Paulie wrote on October 5, 2015, 5:21 AM

Online language courses for high school kids sounds like a good thing. Do you have a lot of students who are learning ESL?