“Storytelling, singing, playing, telling jokes - those are the building blocks of extensive vocabularies. Not direct teaching.”—Peter L. Mangione; co-director of Center For Child & Family Studies on the shift of preschool curriculum from play-based to direct learning and it’s detrimental effects on our children;article titled “The Death of Preschool”
halfway through the year.
Sometimes, I feel like this teaching job is really putting me on a meteoric rocket.
Today, and so far in this second semester, I really feel comfortable.
For the first time, I feel like I own my classroom. I lecture while weaving through the desks—-interspersing jokes, stopping side conversations, and keeping people on task.
It’s a definite art, but I’ve finally got the basics down, and thus have actual command.
My new class (quantitative literacy) has been excellent so far. I expect my second lesson plan to go well too.
I was just particularly warmed by the buy-in of my students. I know that my 11th graders are generally pretty mature. However, they really took to my “quantitative literacy” pitch, in that I didn’t hear whining or complaining or anything. We learned about logical fallacies, they performed great skits, and were competently analyzing propositions by the end of the class.
My assistant principal/mentor/friend was really happy with it. I always excitedly go up to her during nutrition and ramble on about something or other while she smiles and laughs at my animated insanity.
Today at nutrition, she told me, “Eli, we definitely are considering giving you an AP stats class, but you need to realize this. Teaching an AP was really challenging for me…and so you need to know what you’re getting yourself into.”
I just can’t believe how much I’ve invested into the school at this point. I really do feel like I’m part of a city/community and my respect for the institution only grows with time.
My principal announced at PD today that school will start August 8th this year, a full week before this year’s start date of August 15th. However, he claims that this is the final resting place, in that it will not get ANY earlier. LAUSD is moving in this direction too—-so Semester 1 will ENTIRELY be before winter break, and there will be a huge head start to AP classes and even towards the standardized tests. This means 1 week less of summer—-PD beginning in JULY——but also an extra 1-1.5 weeks of pay. (I’m not complaining about that!)
I feel like before I know it, my juniors will be graduating (June 2013), and I will have just invested 2 entire years of my life into this school. That’s a good thing, of course, but it’s just hilarious how fast I know it will feel.
It’s quiet in my house right now. I can’t even explain how much I relish in this feeling after a long, cognitively ridiculous day. I don’t even want to listen to music right now—-just the faint hum of traffic in the distance while I drink some herbal tea. I don’t know how my co-worker/friend Erin does it. She works saturday SAT classes, has about 5 tutoring clients, has teach for America classes, and BTSA classes. How does she do it!? I told her she’s as hardworking as Kobe Bryant today but she didn’t understand because I’m secretly the only NBA nerd at my school.
I swear I could go to bed at 9pm some nights—-and I will come next year, that’s for sure.
Does your province/state have a great art education curriculum?
My art education class has the opportunity to speak to curriculum development executives next week. We are presenting them with our recommendations for the new art education curriculum they are currently developing.
Does your province/state have a great curriculum? What is great about it?
If not, what would be one change you would like to make to it?