Last week, the principal and vice principal decided, now that I have just over 2 months of teaching left, that my room was bare and desolate...so they ordered my coteacher to make it pretty. First, she made a little placard like all the other teachers have, with my picture and some information on it (such as that I'm an English teacher and my "motto"). I felt kind of left out 9 months ago when I first got here and all the other teachers had them...but honestly, at the end of April? I'm leaving July 1st! Then today she put up some lovely posters--Awesome Adjectives, Frequently Misspelled Words, The Writing Process, and 10 Great Reasons to Write. Since maybe 12 out of my 500 students can write a complete sentence, I doubt any of them need to worry about prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, or publishing...as outlined by the Writing Process poster. Their vocabularies would definitely benefit from some new adjectives--the only ones most students use voluntarily are beautiful, crazy, and fat--but dubious, wistful, colossal, inquisitive, and the other words from the Awesome Adjectives poster seem a tad on the unrealistic side. As I don't actually teach any classes in the room, however, I guess it doesn't really matter.
I'm at school right now, and the reason I'm posting rather than lesson planning is the exuberant and rambunctious (to use two adjectives from my new poster) antics of three very distracting 6th grade girls. One of them, Lee Cho Rong, is wearing an amazing shirt that I will now transcribe (all spelling errors in the original):
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For nervous prostration
Lost vitality or any impairment of the nerve force price 95
Sunny fantastic weekend
Pharmacological instruction-like language is actually very common t-shirt subject matter. I wonder how on earth that came about.