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    12th February 2012

    My schedule this week:

    10:00 a.m. Skip church so I can sleep in and stop being sick.
    10:01 a.m. Start working on homework.
    3:30 p.m. Watch part of Super Bowl while working on assignment

    12:59 a.m. Give up on finishing paper until morning. Sleep.
    4:15 a.m. Get up and work on finishing paper.
    5:30 a.m. Start getting myself ready for the day, eat breakfast.
    7:20 a.m. Leave my apartment.
    7:30 a.m. Get to Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School. Discuss context clues using Cloze Reading activities; finish planning lessons for next day.
    10:15 a.m. Actually submit paper started the night before, finished during planning period.
    3:30 p.m. Leave Ortho.
    3:40 p.m. Rush up to my apartment to grab some things I had accidentally left behind (my phone and a book for class).
    4:00 p.m. Arrive at AT&T building for a meeting with the my placement adviser and English pedagogy professor to discuss my current student-teaching placement.
    4:55 p.m. Head from the 21st floor offices to the 6th floor classroom areas for EDUC 519.
    4:58 p.m. Grab a footlong Italian BMT at Subway on the 1st floor en route to class. Thank you FebruAny.
    5:10 p.m Try to stay awake while we watch a French movie called The Class for two hours.
    8:30 p.m. Return back to my apartment building. Chill out for a few minutes talking to roommate. Eat more dinner. Watch The Office on Hulu.
    9:30 p.m. Try to make my lesson plan for the next day better.
    11:30 p.m. Sleep.

    5:10 a.m. Alarm goes off.
    5:25 a.m. I get out of bed.
    7:20 a.m. Leave my apartment.
    7:30 a.m. Orthopaedic HS. Videotape myself trying to facilitate a jigsaw reading activity about the onset of Realism and trying convince some 12th grade students to read “A Piece of String” by Guy de Maupassant. It’s a challenging text with a lot of detail. Try to convince 12th grade students to write about the Realist elements of “A Piece of String.” Debrief with teacher. Plan how to make lesson plan better for tomorrow.
    3:15 p.m. Sit in on staff meeting about assigning and improving student writing in all subjects.
    3:50 p.m. Leave meeting early so I can “get ready for class.”
    4:05 p.m. Stroll around downtown for a couple miles to get some exercise.
    4:35 p.m. Get a burrito from Chipotle. Head back toward AT&T building for class.
    5:00 p.m. EDUC 513B.
    6:50 p.m. EDUC is supposed to end.
    7:00 p.m. EDUC 568 is supposed to start.
    7:20 p.m. EDUC 513B actually ends.
    7:30 p.m. EDUC 568 actually starts. Watch and discuss segments from The First Year, a documentary about first year teachers in Los Angeles.
    7:40 p.m. Try to stay awake.
    9:15 p.m. Head home.
    9:30 p.m. Waste time on internet, needing to decompress after a long day.
    10:30 p.m. Take a shower, shave, take care of myself.
    11:30 p.m. Sleep

    5:10 a.m. Alarm goes off.
    5:25 a.m. I get out of bed.
    7:20 a.m. Leave my apartment.
    7:30 a.m. Orthopaedic HS.
    3:45 p.m. Arrive home, check email, sit down and think about falling asleep.
    4:15 p.m. Head over to campus for SWIM WITH MIKE fundraising kick off event.
    4:30 p.m. Spend a few hours sealing information/fundraising packets with stickers. Don Ludwig says they’re sending out “Oh, about 20,000” of them. Stickering mailers isn’t too exciting, but there are a lot of great people there and free dinner (pizza from USC’s kitchens – note this).
    6:45 p.m. The sticker sticking party ends because we run out of supplies and I head over to the USC School of Cinematic Arts building.
    7:00 p.m. Watch screening of documentary, First Generation. The film follows four students from their junior year through graduation, paying attention to their college application process and decisions. After the movie, there was a discussion with the film makers, one of the students they were documenting, and one of the scholars they interviewed. As tired as I was I’m really glad I went to this, and maybe I’ll post more about it sometime soon.
    9:30 p.m. Hit the Lyon Center for a quick workout.
    10:15 p.m. On the way back, my wheelchair is feeling tough to push so I stop and inspect my caster wheels, realizing that the screw holding the axle is gone. I carefully push the rest of the way home so as to not lose the axle or caster wheel.
    10:30 p.m. Ask Colin if I can borrow some parts from his manual wheelchair (not the first time I’ve done asked this). Take out the bolt holding the axle in place; figure out how to get it to work with my caster. My left caster now looks like Frankenstein with bolts coming out of the neck… But it’s functional.
    11:30 p.m. Home. Think about lessons for the next day for a few minutes and sleep.

    5:10 a.m. Alarm goes off.
    5:25 a.m. I get out of bed.
    7:20 a.m. Leave my apartment.
    7:30 a.m. Orthopaedic HS.
    10:30 a.m. Dr. John Pascarella, my English pedagogy professor for the MAT program comes to observe me teaching. The day is a hodgepodge of different activities.
    12:31 p.m. “Well, I have four pages of notes, single spaced…” Spend the half hour lunch period going over Dr. Pascarella’s observations from my lesson.
    3:30 p.m. Bust out of the school and head home.
    4:05 p.m. Go to the McDonald’s Swim Stadium to get in a little 40 minute swim workout.
    5:30 p.m. Back to my building to hang out with students from ENGAGE, a group for young people (currently we have students age 4-16) run by OT students who live in Centennial (the building where I live). For the first half of the time we help students work on homework; the second half we play games, make crafts, and eat dinner.
    8:30 p.m. I make it to Mike Nyeholt’s group of seats at the USC – Cal basketball game (that’s the “Mike” from Swim With Mike). Ron Orr, USC assistant AD and one of the directors from Swim With Mike, had mentioned there was a Swim “recruit” who would be watching the game with Mike. The recruit, Cory Greenbaum from New York, is a good bet to get the scholarship and is deciding between Stanford, USC, and a few other schools. We talk about the scholarship, about spinal cord injury, life, and about USC. Before I leave with 3 minutes of game to play (with the Trojans down big and sleep sounding delicious), Cory asks for my number “for when I’m out here next year”. Maybe not 100% decided, but this is a pretty special place and the benefits of being a Swim With Mike student at USC are great.

    5:10 a.m. Alarm goes off.
    5:25 a.m. I get out of bed.
    7:20 a.m. Leave my apartment.
    7:30 a.m. Orthopaedic HS.
    3:30 p.m. It’s Friday. A student used that song in class today as an example for something that everybody wants to see because it is getting so much bad press, akin to the help that A Doll’s House (which two classes will be reading) received at the box office from the critics decrying the play’s (at the time) controversial ending.
    3:45 p.m. Haircut.
    4:15 p.m. Grocery store.
    5:00 p.m. Light charcoal.
    5:30 p.m. Grill tri-tip, chicken, and asparagus. Enjoy an evening off with friends before getting back to work on Saturday. I have a video to edit and submit, a paper to write, a lesson reflection, two or three or four minor assignments I’m behind on, papers to grade, lessons to write, and a group project to plan (besides reading for classes that I probably won’t get to). Oh, and sleep to catch up on.

    It’s been a good week, but full of activity. Next week will be similar. And the week after. But there is an end in sight, and I’m glad to be in a program that only lasts 12 months. Please consider whether you might be willing to donate to Swim With Mike on my behalf this year. I’ll be preparing for the swim-a-thon soon (when I can find time), and will also be making a push for fundraising in the upcoming weeks (when I have time).


    2 Responses to “My schedule this week:”

    1. eric says:

      yeah I’m pretty sure that’s not enough sleep

    2. Daryl says:

      Ah ha, yep. And you’re one to talk? I recall you have gone through several periods of life with very little sleep. But seriously, you’re right. I need more sleep.

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