Here are some moments from my first week of teaching that I have enjoyed a great deal. I think I really like this job:
I found christmas lights in the teachers lounge and I wrapped them all around the overhead projector. Now our room has flare.
I convinced a kid named D., who is generally low achieving and comes from a bad family background, that I would make him “Duke of the 7th grade Wing” if he came to school wearing a button down, pants and a tie. I thought I would boost his self esteem a little. Couldn’t hurt. Well he borrowed a tie with vegetables all over it from the principle, a shirt from AH (Mr. Hastings), got a haircut and wore his skateboarder jeans today. He was looking quite handsome.
We are collecting every balled up piece of white paper from our classes and putting them into a large trash bin. An unknown day next week we will tiptoe down the hall with our 400 balls of paper and declare paper war on Mr. Collier’s math class. They’ll never see it coming.
Trying to make an illustration about reading, AH asked the class is any of their parents kept a garden in their backyard. Only one kid raised his hand and said “I think we grow berries.” AH responds “What, none of your parents like to grow plants and vegetables? What did they say, ‘We’re not going to grow things, we’ll have a dirt farm instead?'”
I told B., a semi-popular overweight student who likes to deprecate himself to gain acceptance who also runs the school news over the TV network every morning, to add a little “spice” to his morning news show. So one day he said “there will be no lunch today, only birthdays” and the next day he gave the whole program in a Russian accent (?)
A Hispanic student in our class named J. has very long hair for a guy. Its sort of samurai length. But every now and then, J. can look Asian, and sometime Native American. He has very cool hair, though. So AH asks J. if anyone has ever compared him to Lou Diamond, the lead actor from the movie “La Bamba.” None of the kids know this movie, so he says to keep working and then he will be right back. 3 minutes later AH returns to the room with a transparency, puts it on the overhead projector and flips the switch. Then he asks the kids who the man on the screen looks like. They all yelled “J!” Here is the picture: