In class we have hit our stride. We both agreed that after parent conferences you settle into a little groove and the groups seem more comfortable with you, as you are with them. The chaos of the start of the year has dissipated and students are still energized. It is a great time for learning and as the weather changes we just try to tap into that energy and help them learn.
Speaking of learning The Teaching Underground is now 2 years old. How'd we miss that? We turned two years old and we missed it. We feel bad. No cake, no candle, nothing. It was October 1st 2010 when we started this little venture and we have come a long way. But we are still "stuck" in the basement. Oh well there are far worse fates. Life goes on and so will we. Please don't hold it against us and please no gifts.
|"The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire..."|
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
Busy as we are teaching and working with our current students we haven't had as much time to get our thoughts together for new blog material. But one unique thing about this time of the year is the reappearance of some former students as they have a brief break from college. I sat with one at the home football game on Friday and our conversation ranged from the Higgs Boson to cross country running and even the merits of marching band uniforms. Another student I saw this morning is enrolled at the Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was always a little ahead of his peers but when I first saw him this morning at the other end of the hall I thought "what is the admiral doing here?" He seemed more mature than I will ever be and certainly wise beyond his years. I also ran across another past student at the grocery store and he told me stories about his "crazy roommate". Normally these tales are rich with hyperbole but based on what described I think his roommate is actually crazy. Finally one sent me a kind note recalling a lesson from 8 years ago as she prepared to write a college anthropology paper. Really? Sometimes you just have to saw "wow."
I also came across this movie trailer which sort of makes you say "wow", in a completely different way.