May. 29th, 2008

Triumphs

May. 29th, 2008 02:00 am
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In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn...
-Disney's Tarzan

So, the sixth graders I taught in elementary school this winter have become first years at Uryu Middle. They've been making my professional life a little better, every day I spend with them; they see me as a real teacher, someone to greet and joke with and look up to and ask questions unsolicited, and when I'm leading an activity alone in class, the way Mr. Onodera usually leaves me to do? They're awake, alert, listening, engaged, wondering if next I'll put on a paper pirate hat or start a shouting chant of a grammatical point.

It feels wonderful. And I know Mr. Onodera has been a bit skeptical of my methods, my obsession with activities and personalized simple dialogues and stubbornly deviating from the textbook readings. He's a traditionalist; he believes strongly in the prescribed texts and lessons. But he's been giving me more leeway lately, especially with the first years, and today?

Today, I experienced something very much like a triumph. )

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