Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Day of Change

I take my civic duty of voting very seriously. I try to instill in my students the desire to participate in the democratic process of our country. I am fortunate that my voting location is at my high school. Yet another perk of living next door to my job. As I went to vote, one my former students Mike (he is part of the group that went to New York with me) was working as a volunteer checking in voters . Standing next to me at my voting booth was one of other former students. I was proud to see them and their enthusiasm in the process, but I was also glad that I could demonstrate to them what I had spoken about.

Regardless of who wins the current election big changes will be happening in the United States and I am hopefully optimistic for the future.

In other news, today I was able to teach one of the break-out sessions for our Staff Development Day about Socratic Circles and Philosophical Chairs. Both of these strategies are a great way to develop inquiry skills with students. To help me demonstrate both of these teaching strategies I had 15 students come and do both activities for the teachers. The students were amazing and they really stole the show. I think most of the teachers enjoyed my session. It is often difficult to read their body language.

After it was over, the school provided pizza for the kids and we talked about the experience. They thought it was amusing to see that the teachers acted just like students. They mentioned that as soon as I turned my back on them the teachers started chatting, some were texting, others were reading magazines and one even had the audacity to surf the internet on his laptop. Fortunately the teachers did model some positive behaviors. One of which allowed the students to see some different sides to the articles they had discussed. I think my students might have finally gotten a glimpse at how difficult my job can be as they watched me put together and conduct my presentation.

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