This has been a good week. I could write a long list of everything I celebrate. And that's the thing I found about celebrating--the more you do it, the easier it is to find things that bring you joy. There have also been a couple of "how can I give this up?" moments, but I believe those are for reminding me I am leaving while at my best, and that's exactly how I want to do it.
As always when teaching Fahrenheit 451 in College Prep Lit, we discuss education. Yesterday, I started with this quote as a thinking prompt. The conversation was fast and furious. They started with standardized testing, moved on to upper level math, class rank, grade points, and teachers. My instructional coach and I have been working on deeper discussion in this class during both semesters and this class blew me away. And the best part is--I underestimated them :)
This is a boy-heavy class. And most of them are reading haters. They put off the "too cool for school" vibe. The girls, in general, are more serious but quiet. And there are 19 of them. Last semester I had 10. All but two have been with me before.
I thought I would get superficial answers. I thought I would get simple answers. I thought the discussion would last about five minutes.
Boy, did I underestimate them.
We never did get to the book.
Several kids also have Creative Writing with me the next period. They were still talking. And writing about it.
I don't know how my coach kept up with tracking discussion. When I saw her later, she was still shaking her head. During the large group part of discussion, there were 51 contributions. 51! And I had kids telling me they had things to say, but couldn't get into the discussion! We'll figure out how to make that work next week.
This week's DISCOVER: Never underestimate the passion of people when given the opportunity to share their voice.