A Month in the Life
This month has passed in a flurry of final school activities, work, and activism. There has been little time for fun or hobbies…or anything aside from work and school mostly. Now, as the semester ends, I can slow down and look back. Here is a retrospective.
Today I taught a lesson on the Mughal Empire to 10th grade students. I am proud of this lesson as it used four stations to appeal to many learning styles. At station one, students completed a graphic organizer wherein they matched facts about various Mughal rulers with the name of the ruler. At station two, I had “the Mughal Empire” in a bag. Actually, it was seven bags filled with items such as the Koran, an astronomical map, a toy elephant, an Afghan throw, a book about the Taj Mahal, and several other items. Students had to determine how the bagged items related to the Mughal empire. At station three, students chose from a list of events in Mughal history, which they then drew onto a timeline. At station four, students sampled Indian food, assembled a puzzle, or looked at various books related to the Mughals. The lesson went very well. I was happy.
I also finished a paper today along with several items of busy work.
I also sat in on a 2 hour conference call for Socialist Action, learning more about French Trotskyists, Fergusson, and the15 dollar an hour movement.
A nap also happened.
I slept about one hour and felt like the victim of a failed, fictional Soviet sleep experiment. My brain would not let me sleep as I was too concerned about my upcoming lesson and the mass of homework I had due. I went to my internship. I also turned in my 85 page unit of lessons and materials on the Russian and Chinese revolutions. Yes, 85 pages. I also prepared for the Mughal lesson and finished up an online resource kit assignment.
Sunday: Like Monday, I only slept about one hour due to stress. I worked all day at Safe Haven (a women’s shelter) then did four hours of homework. I did take a nap in the evening.
Saturday: This was supposed to be a big homework day but turned out to be a day spent sleeping/dry heaving from a mysterious stomach bug.
Friday: Three hours of class+ 2 hour Mughal documentary+ up until 4am creating a Mughal lesson plan that was 20 pages long including all of the materials.
Thursday: Work + Vampire Diaries. I know that the Vampire Diaries is not sophisticated, academic, or feminist. I just like vampires…okay! Oh, I also finished a book about Tasmanian Devils. Maybe THAT can be a blog post.
Wednesday: 12 hours of work.
Tuesday: Lesson on the legacy of the Ottoman Empire through an interactive map game at Superior HS. The students seemed to enjoy it. I also fed them Baklava and Turkish delight.
Monday: Internship+ homework+ lesson prep.
Saturday: 10am protest against SodaStream in support of Palestine. Noon = Pizza Hut with Adam. 2-4 poster making for evening protest. 4-5:30 walk on the Osage Trail. 5:30 protest against the layoff of UWS janitors. 7pm? homework.
Friday: Class+ Mug Exchange+ homework
Tuesday: Internship + feminist planning meeting.
This month kind of sucked. I need more me time. I want time to exercise, write, draw, read, and pursue hobbies. I think I need to take another vacation this summer….