There have been many days in the last three weeks when I've worked 10 or 11 hours at school, then come home to work an additional three, four, or five hours at night. I haven't been getting much sleep, and I (obviously) haven't had time for any "free time." (A bit of an exaggeration... I went to a Titan's game on Saturday night. But before I left on Saturday, I was busily doing paperwork and printing off curriculum materials to browse on the way to Nashville!)
There are a whole host of reasons I feel more stressed this school year, but one in particular is the Tennessee state legislature's systematic war on teachers. You can read a bit more about that here, but suffice it to say that Race to the Top has nothing to do with sound education. And nothing in common with the wildly-successful Finnish school system I mentioned last week. We teachers in Tennessee will continue to do the best we can possibly do in order to help our students be the best they can be. Perhaps at some point our stress level will decrease as a result of intelligent law- and test-making, with the focus becoming actual student achievement rather than data from a single standardized test score. (Whew. Okay. Off my soapbox.)
Because it is a holiday weekend (and because I worked for about four hours last night preparing for the rest of the week), I feel a little bit "freer" tonight. So, a blog post, in light version.
|Virginia Woolf Playing Cricket|
Also from Flavorwire, a list of literary baby names for your perusal. Interesting reading, even if you aren't expecting a little one anytime soon.
|Bronte Vault, via The Literary Cemetery|
|I love this twist on Dahl's The BFG!|
The Hunger Games (the movie, not the book) debuted its first trailer at MTV's Video Music Awards last Sunday. As MTV's VMAs are not always on my watch-list, I caught up with the video on YouTube after the fact:
I'd like to tell you all about the fabulous review books I've read this week. But as aforementioned, I've had little time for reading pursuits. I do have a stack of excellent reads waiting for review that have just been published or are about to be, including:
- Jeffrey Archer's Only Time Will Tell
- Ernest Cline's Ready Player One
- Celia Rivenbarks' You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl
Have a fabulous weekend, and happy reading!