Yesterday I read a post by Heather Wolpert-Gawron, better known to her Twitter followers as @tweenteacher. She too, a devoted teacher, one with far more seniority than myself, and far more awards, has been handed a pink slip. But, she advises to focus on the positive and to look forward.
The most important piece of advice from her 10 commandments for a pink slipped teacher that stuck in my mind was to not take my pink slip out on my students. It's not their fault, and I know that they want me to stay just as much as I want to stay. So, we push onward, through the fray.
Currently in class my students are working independently on projects. They will get help from me, of course, that's my job, but they are basically taking the skills we learned in our unit on our class novella and applying them to a new genre. They will watch a movie, play a video game, look at a piece of artwork, etc., and then analyze a theme. Then they are taking that theme and presenting it in a creative manner to the class.