My wife and I have a joke about doing "All The Things". The basic idea is that there is always something sitting on the brain that needs to be taken care of, attended to, or put off. In all honesty, I can't remember the last time that I had absolutely nothing to do or time to just sit around without a care in the world. I guess such is life for those who have a 6 month-old at home and their hands in a little bit of everything at work. With worrying about all the things, comes the possibility that some things get pushed to the back burner. Such as blogging. When I logged in to do a bit of writing today, my timeline informed me that I hadn't posted anything for 2 months. I couldn't believe that it had been so long. So, here I am, trying to get back on the horse.
In many ways I'm sure that the citizens of AP Bio feel like they have to worry about all of the things, as well. Most of the class is composed of seniors who are trying to complete college applications, pursuing financial aid, taking community college classes, trying to hold down a job, surviving multiple AP classes, and dealing with me. On one hand I am well aware of all of the pressures that face the students, and on the other I have a certain expectations that I hold for all of my classes. Unfortunately for my students, my expectations trump my compassion for their reality. Does that make me terrible? I don't know, but I do know that they are learning wonderful lessons about the benefits of shedding their propensity for procrastination and donning the mantle of careful time management. These are the skills that they need to acquire before I release them into the collegiate world, or at least that's what I tell myself. So, as our new semester begins ... my students and I shall move forward, worrying about all the things together.
Jasmine Ray took a moment last week to reflect on all that we have going on in class. Here's what she had to say.
The week of 1/19-1/23 we did a host of things in my AP Biology class. We started off by taking our Early Earth test. After taking our Early Earth test we moved into the unit of plants. On Wednesday we watched a video about bees and how they were slowly dying off. On Friday we started a lab that we will probably be working on for the next two months. We are growing fast plants. So, on friday we prepped our plants to start growing. In my Ap biology class we are currently in the process of doing an HIV research project. We turned in the first part of projects in on Friday. We pretty much did everything on friday.