- One of the things I find very appealing about teaching is that I can weave in any and all of my multivarious, over-plentiful interests: Math? Sure, that's a gimme. Drawing? Absolutely. Spice up the lesson with some visuals. Photography? Certainly. Somehow. Music? Certainly. Somehow. (And I can definitely lean on on my band-fronting showmanship skills. I suspect hamming it up in front of a group of middle-schoolers is a lot like hamming it up in front of a bunch of drunken bar flies. Middle-schoolers—drunken bar flies—emotional, erratic, loud, and easily distractible. Not a problem.)
- I just started getting my room together. It's a work in progress, to be sure, but the vision is gelling. Green liner paper, little blue wavy trim, yellow headings and sayings. Some plants. Lots of good geeky math-y teacher-y wall-stuff. (I made my first trek to the teacher-store today.) It's going to be sharp! (I'll post a picture when it's done.)
- I'm going to teach a Lego robotics elective. Dork-a-licious!
- It seems I'll be teaching 5th and 6th grade math, not 6th and 7th, the consequence of roiling tumbling enrollment numbers. This job is undeniably an exercise in flexibility. Good thing I do all that yoga.
- As the pieces fall into place, I find myself becoming more confident and excited.
- I can't wait to meet these kids.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The Mr. O Chronicles: Miscellaneous Ruminations
A loose assortment of percolating cogitations: