Friday, July 17, 2009

TEECHUR JOURNAL - September 28, 1988

I have been keeping a teaching journal as long as I’ve been teaching. Here is a 21 year-old entry. If my arithmetic serves me correctly - and it always does, I was 28 years old and in my third year of teaching.

Bethune Junior High School, South Central Los Angeles
September 28, 1988 – Wednesday (Hump Day)

The American Basketball team was defeated by the Soviets last night. I didn’t see the game. I really hate painting. Always have. I’m not even finished- will have to go back tonight.

I feel buried. I’ve got too many projects going with the classes I’m teaching, the classes I’m taking at Cal State Dominguez Hills, the house I’m preparing to rent out, and the greeting card company I’m trying to get off the ground.

Screw it; I’m going to tell you about Randy Watkins. Randy’s an eighth grader. He goes about 4’8 and about seventy pounds. This kid is in high gear all day long – and he never stops smiling. Randy is in my fifth period reading class. Class always begins with 20 minutes of silent sustained reading. My boy, Randy was reading the Guinness Book of World Records. He kept sharing things like, “Oooh, did you guys know there’s a man that weighs 1,400 pounds?” I kept telling him to knock it off and he kept saying, “I’m sorry Mr. Snyder, but this is the kind of stuff people got to know. This went on the entire reading period. What a riot.

Last Friday I mentioned that I had an awful lot of papers to grade over the weekend. When the passing bell rang Randy offered to come home with me for the weekend and help me grade papers.


Bull Durham came out in 1988.

Ronnie Regan was serving the last year of his presidency.

Steven Hawking published A Brief History of Time.

The L.A. Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons to become the NBA champions.

Thriller was released in 1988.


kavita said...

This kid
long was your class?Teaching is a very tough my country 5Sep is celebrated as Teacher's Day and in school that day we (above 7 grade)use to dress up like our teacher and manage(hhaaa) one full class i.e.45 the end of the class we would rush for a full glass of water.....its nice that you are keeping a teaching journal
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.You have a very interesting blog here...looking forward for more...

Chrissy said...

Is it just me or is that a really gay picture of the LA Lakers?

Guely of Sweden said...

Eehh, what was the year of Thriller again?

#167 Dad said...

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy your blog.

They were a festive looking group. The Daisy Duke shorts don't help.

What? I missed it by six years...

Bluesfrau said...

Umm - Thriller was released in '82.

Hey, did you notice there's Magnum and Eddie Murphy in the Lakers team? (Catch those '80ies mustaches!^^).

I've been writing diary since 1989 (since I was 10 years old). It's a good thing to do, I find...

Ha! Now I know how old you are...

Bluesfrau said...

Pft - wot's 6 years... It's the fart of a fruitfly. The hair of a mite. The dustgrain of the beginning of time.

So don't make a fuss Guely! Eh!? ^^

Anonymous said...

Yeah, everyone now knows I'm 39.