Saturday, September 13, 2014
118 students. 5 preps.
This has been the smoothest, happiest start to a school year I can remember. I think I've said that before. But I come home every day loving my students more than I did the day before.
It helps I've had most of them in class before. We all know what to expect. They know I expect them to work hard, to think hard, to take charge. I know that they are kids and that won't always happen.
And when you love them, they love you back. And how can your day not be better when you receive all that love?
It's not that there aren't negative things going on. There are. Some personal. Some professional. Some both.
I'm choosing to ignore the negative. Choosing to focus on my kids and the community we are creating. It's a safe, comfortable place. A place where kids can come and honestly say, "I don't get it." And no one will ridicule them. Or tell them to read it again. Or ignore them.
We are reading Fahrenheit 451 in College Prep Lit. I chose it because I wanted them to think, to question, to have opinions. I wanted them to have a say in their education. My big question for this class, one I have written on our writing graffiti wall is, "Why do we need the things in books?" Yesterday's class discussion was one of the best I've ever had in a classroom with students because they did all of that. And they were honest about things they want and need from a teacher. We talked about making mistakes, about why kids don't want to participate in some classes and why they all have something to say in others. They explained why they hate most lectures, but love the ones from a certain teacher (he connects everything to the world they know).
That conversation affected everyone of my student interactions the rest of the day.
I hope it affects evert interaction the rest of the year.