The first blog post is like the first day of school. It’s always a good idea to start with a getting to know you activity, right? I can’t bore you to tears with the syllabus on the first day.
I think before I get much further into writing this blog, perhaps we should take a moment to get real about why I became a teacher in the first place.
Our society can be pretty wack in some ways. For instance, our obsession with being busy. In my own life I have always thought “better busy than bored!” (Excuse this either/or logical fallacy. I didn’t realize until I began teaching AP Language how stupid I really was…)
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
This, my friends, is probably the very best lesson plan of all time. My students love it, I love it, and it’s never the same thing twice all year. Who isn’t already using TED talks in their classrooms? Who doesn’t already love them? This assignment takes something we already love, and makes it even better! You’re welcome.
I believe in my students, because they are the future. As I look into their faces I see their potential. I see hope. I see change. I see the passion of their ideas and the creativity of their young minds, even as the system tries to convert that into test results and baseline data.