"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." - Albert Camus
I think on the eve on my first day back, this quote certainly sang to me the most. Although it is not summer, I certainly would like to think that the joy of summer is indeed as impenetrable as Mr. Camus paints it to be.
This is my first entry, and it feels like a long time since I have played with words. Getting my mind to this place triggered a lot of memories: writing articles and 5pm Friday deadlines. It's a story for another time, but writing is definitely one of the things on this Earth that makes me feel alive, and it's nice to have this world at my fingertips again.
Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my blog. Most of the dialogue here will be about preparing students for secondary transition and life after high school. Many of my students would be considered "at-risk." They look and talk like their peers, but they have significant challenges that they need to overcome and their journey will look different. Most of my students have moved on to junior college or have obtained jobs in fast food, retail, car dealerships, etc. just to name a few. The curriculum featured on this site was created out of a need for practical, relatable lessons for my students.
Tomorrow's professional development will be focused on WASC and our accreditation. Thursday is some dedicated Special Ed time, and Friday I can finally begin the work of setting up my classroom! I have a major room makeover in store and I cannot WAIT to start!
I truly hope that you are going out of summer with a bang and refreshed for a new school year.
This blog is about my journey supporting students through transition. The focus is on career development, job readiness and customer service. My name is Kristine and I teach SAI (Specialized Academic Instruction) in a public high school in the Bay Area. I love finding new ways to recreate the "real world" so students feel inherent purpose in what they do in the classroom.