Walking in Freedom

Miscellaneous musings along the way

Walking, Talking Bathroom Pass August 31, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — songofjoy88 @ 1:44 am

Yep, that’s me!!  On Friday, we had a lock down for all of the 7th and 8th graders due to persistent behavior issues throughout the week.  The students were distributed in four rooms and stayed in the rooms ALL day (even for lunch!) … except when they had to use the bathroom, that is.  They had to have an escort, so I spent the majority of the day walking back and forth to the bathroom and talking with the kids about the lock down.  It was thrilling, let me tell you- haha!

It actually wasn’t too bad.  It gave me a chance to talk with them a little bit about why there were doing book work all day and what they would rather be doing.  Also, I scored some major points with the kids because I was basically their ticket out of the classroom.  When I walked in a classroom, they would look up excitedly and say “she’s back” and start raising their hands to be  drafted for the next bathroom group.

Overall, they were well behaved on Friday- almost sedated- haha!  We’ll find out this week if the lock down accomplished its purpose.  This week, we’ve regrouped the classes so that 7th and 8th graders will be mixed together and we’ll have 2 all boys glasses and 2 all girls classes.  Stay tuned to find out how this goes… 🙂


A Good-Finder August 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — songofjoy88 @ 9:54 pm

I had heard that teachers tend to talk negatively about students in the work room or at lunch, but I don’t think anything could have prepared me for this…

I was hoping yesterday was just a fluke- just a bad day for students and teachers alike- but it appears that that’s not the case.  In the past two days I have heard teachers refer to students as f***ers, b*******, f***ing retards and s*** heads.  Surprised?!?  I am too!  Shocked, appalled, disgusted- and so much more!

In most teacher-student interactions I’ve observed, it seems that teachers are actively trying to catch students doing something wrong so that they can call them out on it (using a not so quiet voice!).  Sometimes I almost get the impression that some teachers don’t want the students to succeed.

So, I have decided that I’m going to go against the flow (more like a tidal wave) of negative talk and attitude toward the students.  Instead, I’m going to be a good-finder.  I’m going to focus my efforts on catching students doing the right thing and overlook the minor incidences of inappropriate behavior (there are plenty!).  I’m confident that this will help me build rapport with students and avoid the tension of constant power struggles… we’ll see how this goes! 🙂


Day 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — songofjoy88 @ 1:26 am

So, it’s been awhile since I’ve had a blog (back in the xanga days!  haha!).  Figured now’s as good a time as ever since I’m student teaching 7th and 8th grade math this semester!!  whooo hooo!

Today was my first day and overall it went well!  I was up at 6am and had my visitor photo sticker tag (very high tech!) on my snazzy green shirt by 7:30am.  Most of the day I observed and walked around the room helping the students.  They’re a really great group of kids- a bit rambunctious, but they’re middle schoolers, so what else would you expect?!  Classroom management was certainly a central concern today.  However, I am hopeful because I am a firm believer that if students are engaged and interested in what they are learning, they will not act out as much.

After school, I stayed for a staff meeting that took over an hour… we left the school around 4:10pm.  Basically it was info about restructuring the school since it has not been doing well academically in recent years.

Then, we all (the 15 MU interns down here with me) had our service learning class.  Nothing too eventful- we got the syllabus… you know, just typical first day stuff.  I like the teacher and it doesn’t seem like the class will be too hard, which is great! 🙂

Now, it’s almost 9:30pm which means it’s time for me to start heading toward bed… this is definitely going to take some getting used to!  More to come… and I’ll try to come up with a more creative title next time! 😛