Today, I found out that for one of my students, if he can hang on two and half more years, he will be the first in his family to graduate high school. Not the first to graduate college, not even the first to go to college, but the first to graduate high school.
The news hit me like a ton of bricks.
Maybe he is not my only students for whom this is true, but it is the first time I realized that this is his reality and may be the reality for others who sit in my classroom each day.
He does not feel like he can amount to anything, because, in his eyes, no one else in his family ever has. He told me today that you are like those that come before you in your family. He said if he can graduate high school he will accomplish more than anyone…
In the teacher-world there is saying that October is the worst month. You’re just getting out of that “honey-mooning” phase, it’s the beginning of a new term, kids are restless, teachers are tired, and let’s face it: October is just plain LONG and meanwhile Thanksgiving and Christmas still seem a world away. So is it…read more »
This week, I saw students who were truly proud of themselves because of a piece of paper. They analyzed their data, revised their hypothesis about their planes, and re-built them in hopes of their new designs flying further. We ran a final test and declared the “winner”. The morning of our final tests I came…read more »
This past week (although short) was crazy in Room 116. We are becoming designers and engineers and this week my students were designing and building their very own paper air planes. Basically, I spent the week frantically shuffling from group to group helping them interpret their research articles, asking them to revise their hypothesis over…read more »
There is a common misconception that only elementary school teachers can have cute, clever, and awesomely decorated classrooms. The other end of this rumor tends to suggest that high school classrooms are not cute, exciting, or well-decorated. That they are boring and consist of only a few content-related posters. Let’s just set the record straight.…read more »
School is back in session and I have to tell you, I am feeling excited about this year. Let’s run over a quick list of what has been completely awesome: 1. The Science Hall. We are incredible. We are a superb team. And you don’t have to just take my word for it! I have…read more »
I have been hard at work this week getting my classroom and my classroom culture student-ready! And because buying food is more important than buying fancy posters, AND because I was, after all, a design major, I collected images of posters I liked on my “I love to teach” Pinterest board. And then I bought…read more »
The summer is nearing its end! I can’t believe it…and I also can’t believe how excited I am. I mean, when I think really hard about it, I get sad because I like being with the puppies all day and its so nice to sleep in. Not to mention the fact that I am able…read more »
Yup. School’s out, but I’ve got something on my mind. A couple things, actually. First, I’ve been reworking my lessons and the order in which I want to teach each unit AND I’ve been attending awesome conference calls with the Science Director of the Mississippi TFA region about making science content more relevant to students’…read more »
I am continuing to enjoy the responses from my students’ final exam essay (see this page if you have no idea what I am talking about: http://vskk.teachforus.org/2013/05/13/life-lessons-in-science-class/ ) So I thought I would share a few more with you…maybe I went a little (okay… A LOT) overboard, though, so skip through them as you like : )…read more »