We are coming to the end of our 1st quarter on October 11. I've taught Current Events and it worked out great, but now I need to change it. Originally I was already thinking to do something else for 2nd quarter, but in 1 class boredom started to set in, because the routines and activities were largely the same, although the news is always different. In the other class everything is great. One easy choice would be Life Skills. My P warned me that it could be a lot of work because I have to come up with the curriculum, although teaching it in units wouldn't be that hard. We have a very old and very low level set of textbooks I couldn't use, they're just too outdated. Anyways, this is an option. This quarter is very short anyways, barely 6 weeks of school days. But I've been toying with another idea since last school year: to produce a school newspaper. I talked to my P and she told me it's a great idea, especially since we never had a newspaper, but she cautioned me that it would be tough. She said when she did it with this population, she could only manage it with 8 students, anything more was just frustrating. So we agreed that I think about it, come up with a plan and we'll see if it's doable. She's very supportive by the way. So I'd like some advice. I've never done it, but I think it would be great (the kids always complain that our school is not like a regular high school because they're the bad kids). I already have some concerns, limitations and some ideas, but can we brainstorm? Or can you guys tell me if it won't even work? Limitations / concerns 1. Students do not choose their electives, so I know some kids will not care about this project. 2. Class sizes are 10-12 and will increase later. Will I be able to keep every student on task every day? 3. How do I find a printer? Could I just our copy machine? The largest size paper I can use is the one that's a bit longer than a 8x10 (forget the name). Our school is small, with only any 60+ students, and will not go over 100, so we don't need hundreds of copies. Ideas, thoughts 1. We would call it a journalism class, and obviously focus on other things, not just creating the paper. But the paper would be the project. 2. Since the classes would start Oct. 11, we'd publish a paper by Oct 31,by the week of Thanksgiving, and before the Christmas break, having each time 3 weeks to do it. 3. The kids could work on it every day in class, and I'd have 2 classes split the responsibilities, so I think we'd have enough time. 4. We could use the computer lab to type up everything when it's all done. The reasons why I'd love to do this 1. It's something the kids would create - it's so Common Core 2. It could involve and unite the entire school, other students could provide input 3. It's about the students, by the students, for the students. 4. We have so much talent at our school, great rappers could write poems, we have some awesome artists, etc. 5. The 2 classes would probably be excited about it, they'd leave their foot print in the school history, something they can show their parents, etc. Do you guys think this could work?