Wednesday, February 4, 2009

wonderful, wonderful

New quarters feel almost as promising & delightful as the beginning of the year and this one is no exception. Though I enjoyed teaching Catcher in the Rye & Great Gatsby again and creative writing is always an adventure, I looked forward to new avenues in speech & technology. These last couple of days have been remarkably positive; I'm almost thinking there is a hustle going on.
Particularly in speech today - I put the kids through "Speed Meetings" (like Speed Dating but without the awkward weirdness, kind of) and they rolled their eyes & groaned, as I expected. But then. I wandered around the room eavesdropping on their three-minute conversations and found Stoner Boy showing ASB Girl a picture of his cat; Wary Quiet Guy teaching Outspoken Lesbian how to read music; Skater Kid discussing with Preppy Princess where he would most like to visit. After 35 minutes and seven impromptu conversations, I no longer saw a Stoner Boy, ASB Girl, Wary Quiet Guy, et cetera - I had a classroom of 22 Renegades with broader minds and new acquaintances.

Please, God, let the rest of the quarter move along this plane.

Sing it, Johnny.

12 comments:

dkuroiwa said...

As a teacher, these are the days that you make sure you keep in your memory, to be easily taken out when you wonder who came in and replaced all your students with "pod children from hell"!!! Maybe though, this was the day that "worked it" for them...and you will have more and more of the same!!!
I remember days like that...makes you feel like you're walking a little bit up off the ground doesn't it?
Good for you...pats on your back from way over here!!

LarryG said...

delusions of grandeur danced in her head! :)

and there are the "bad mom said there would be days like this days" haha....

May I recommend some Bill Withers on the intercom to bring everyone back to the moment. "Lean on Me" "Just the Two of Us" and don't forget "Grandmaw's Hands" or was that "Bad Mom's Hands"

Your posts are full of inspiration.
Thanks Bad...

Danielle said...

Your student descriptions reminded me of The Breakfast Club. I know, random.
Glad it was a great day!!

Janet said...

Companies should do this quarterly!!!

katydidnot said...

it's like the breakfast club. did the prom queen give the stoner boy one of her diamond earrings?

Fantastic Forrest said...

Sweet.

Where the hell were you when I was in high school? Could've used some of that action.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

What a great idea. I can't wait to try it someday.

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

I was thinking BF Club too. (See how lazy I am tonight. Can't even spell out movie titles. Lord help me.)

Sorry I didn't get to chat with you in the hallowed halls.

Can we catch a matinee Saturday? Pretty please...I'm thinking Revolutionary Road. What do you think?

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

You keep at it, Super Teacher!

Lisa said...

That is so cool! What a rewarding class exercise.

phd in yogurtry said...

what an amazing idea / exercise! I think kids really do want to get to know each other but hide behind group identity. sounds like you forged a path. I wish all teachers would try this!

phd in yogurtry said...

p.s. would you share the guidelines you put into place?

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