Sunday, January 22, 2006

AP Review ideas

Wow, I didn't realize how many of my blogging peers were teaching AP history courses. Thanks so much for your comments the last few days. There are two of us that teach AP US at my school and we have started discussing review sessions. My colleague has always started in mid-February with after-school sessions going over practice exams. He also encourages the kids to form official study groups that meet outside of school. This year we are thinking of doing that as well, but maybe going over the past unit exams in the sessions after school. (We never go over them in class because there just isn't time.)

So, do any of you have tried and true ways you would recommend for getting the kids ready for the actual exam?

For those of you following my IVF cycle, I am in the real "meat" of the cycle now -- called stimming. I go to the clinic at 6:30 for bloodwork and an sometimes an ultrasound, give myself a shot then head to school. Afterschool I check my personal voicemail account they gave me for bloodwork results. Then at 5:30 I do two more shots. The belly is getting pretty sore and my arms are getting bruised. Before I started stimming they found a small cyst on my ovary. It was nothing major but you can't stim with it there so they aspirated it. Not fun. At all.

I way overresponded to the stim medication so they have cut my dosage in half. Hopefully that will get things on track because if not things can get dangerous and they have to cancel your cycle.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Cleaning is underrated

I spent almost all day cleaning and putting away the Christmas decorations. And you know what? It felt soooooo good. Sometimes cleaning is the best stress reliever.

Now, on to my next stress reliever: My hubby bought cookies and cream ice cream last night. It is incredibly windy tonight. Sometimes when it is windy our power goes out. So I better eat the ice cream or it could go to waste. (And hey, if it goes to WAIST instead -- more fat means my subcutaneous injections hurt less.) Just call me the queen of rationalizations!

Friday, January 13, 2006

What a waste of a perfectly good Friday

My AP students took their Civil War and Reconstruction test today and the scores were bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. I don't think I'll have an A average left after I enter the grades. Well, I guess it should be a nice little wake-up call as we hit the mid-year slump.

It would have been easier to take had I not found out my IVF cycle is being delayed because of a cyst.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

This should be interesting

My department head approached me today and asked if I would take a student teacher for 6 weeks in February and March. I was immediately flattered by it, especially since I have only been teaching about three years. Otherwise I have mixed feelings about it. Basically, if the intern turns out to be good, well I think it's a good idea. And if the intern turns out to be bad, well then it was a bad idea. Either way, I guess I am attracted to the idea of leaving a mark in a different way. I shape students every day, but this is an opportunity to touch students I might never meet.

Monday, January 09, 2006

There are less than 4 months until the AP Exam

I can't believe I am already more than halfway to the AP US exam. Content-wise, I am just now halfway there though. We test on Reconstruction this week.

Most of the time things hum along with me crunching every night to have notes together. We have good discussions during class. Next day, repeat. So, about 90% of the time I am fine because I too wrapped up in the cycle. But every once in a while I have a total panic attack. I see something on a practice test that I didn't teach or the other AP teacher refers to a topic I don't know much about, etc etc. And suddenly I am flooded with fear. What if none of my students pass the exam?

These feelings are common I know. Dh has dealt with the same issues. Some days you just feel like a total fraud and fear it is just a matter time before you get found out. But it passes, thankfully.

Friday, January 06, 2006

The Birds and the Bees

Welcome to the Facts of Life, new millenium style.

By the way, this is literally thousands of dollars worth of meds. Fortunately, we have the best insurance plan I've heard of. All of it cost us $83.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Education lingo

Re-accreditation: less teaching, more meetings

Higher standards: less teaching, more bubbling

Course registration time: less teaching, more talking about teaching

Anyone have others?