I found this meme on another blog, Where’s the Sun?, and decided to complete it:
Back To School Meme
Completed in Reference to (Self or Child): Self Continue reading
The Repairman tagged me with this meme, and I’ve been quite slow to respond but here is mine.
Post a picture or make/take/create your own that captures what YOU are most passionate for kids to learn about.
Give your picture a short title.
Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt.”
Link back to this blog entry.
Include links to 5 (or more) folks in your professional learning network.
I feel my job as a teacher is to teach my students to become self-reliant, inquisitive, critical thinking, and reflective citizens so that they may blaze their own trails. Thus, Thoreau’s Walden Pond seems appropriate, especially with such a vividly gorgeous reflection upon the water.
Thanks for the tag, Clix.
The rules are as follows:
– Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
– Share 7 random and/or weird things about yourself.
– Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
– Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. A student once tested my Star Trek trivia knowledge with the question “What is the name of Jean-Luc Picard’s fish?” I actually knew the answer: Livingston.
2. When flipping through channels I have to watch The Shawshank Redemption every time it’s on the TV.
3. I have a miniature Globe Theatre sitting on my entertainment center.
4. My favorite advice to students is to “embrace your geekiness.”
5. All of my pets are named after literary characters.
6. I go to Las Vegas with my wife 2-3 times a year and really do go for the shows.
7. I could eat burritos or Chinese food every day if given the opportunity. I love both!
I guess I’m an official blogger now. I was tagged by Mimi, so here I go:
1. I am a good teacher because…I know all of my students can succeed and will if I make the right connection with him/her. I’m passionate about my subject and want to pass this on, though I know not every kid will have my passion, but I just know every kid can feel success with something in my class. We start with small successes and proceed. Upon that, we build.
2. If I weren’t a teacher, I would be…working as a personnel manager or managing a theater. I love working with people, and I have managed a theater previously while working through school. I have to work in a social job. No cubicles or closed-in offices.
3. My teaching style is…organized chaos. Numerous activities are occurring at once with lots of interactions between students. I like being able to give each group of students a gentle push in the right direction and watching them go. If they aren’t enjoying themselves, something is wrong. I don’t mean to say all we do is necessarily fun, but they should be making the best of things and making connections with one another.
4. My classroom is…organized, maybe overly so. I can tell you where anything is at any given moment. However, during the period things are a mess, but we clean up real well. I am often teased for being so organized with everything in my room. I even hang things on the wall with a plan, even if others don’t realize it.
5. My lesson plans…are online. I use my online calendar every day, making adjustments and additions all the time. I like that my students can click on my site and get the day’s assignment. This goes for parents, other teachers, and the administrators, too. I like switching activities at least two or three times a period, so my plans are often quite busy and everchanging up until I teach the lessons. I make alterations on the fly and have to record these later online. Just because I’m organized doesn’t mean I can’t adapt. 🙂
6. One of my teaching goals is…to have at least two activities per period to keep the kids’ attention shifting to maintain their focus. Since I have a collaborative and social room, I need to keep the students focused on the business at hand, and multiple activities makes this easier.
7. The toughest part of teaching is…the administrative b.s. For example, this summer our English Department set up two days of summer work to make changes to the basic curriculum (better alignment, more student-friendly readings, sharing best practices, etc.) and then the district administration heard we had this time set-up, and they hijacked 3/4 of the time with their own mandates. We lost our collaboration time. I detest the paperwork assigned for inanity. I also don’t like collecting data for the sake of data, which will sit in a binder gathering dust. Ugh!
8. The thing I love most about teaching is…working with the kids. They make every day worth it. The last days are my favorite when I can shake the seniors’ hands and hug them and congratulate them. I get so excited for them! I get the “thank you” and the card and the hug and all is right with the world.
9. A common misconception about teaching is…that we don’t work very often or very hard. People forget that we can’t just walk in and begin. We prepare. We grade. We take classes during the summer. This is a time consuming profession. My buddy once said you only work 40 weeks. I told him I work more hours than him, and he laughed. I work 40 weeks and 60 hour weeks for 2400 hours. He works 50 weeks with 40 hour weeks for 2000 hours. He quit laughing at me. Another guy (we were playing hoops at the time) heard us and told my buddy that he didn’t understand until he married a teacher. It’s a time consuming job!
10. The most important thing I’ve learned since I started teaching…was to document everything. My best friend was almost fired based on two students lying about her and a lack of support from the administration because they believed the students over her (unbelievable, I know). After a long fight of about 8 months, she was finally proved correct when one of the two students admitted guilt. That was a tough lesson for everyone.