I really enjoy working at a school. I am learning about leadership and how students learn and retain information. There is always something going on to get involved in, and the information constantly stretches my brain. I feel very “aroused” – sorry, that word has connotation but that’s not what I mean – when I have a good day of teaching. You could certainly say it’s just neurotransmitters, and I do agree, but when a lesson goes over really well I walk on clouds for the next hour or so. The people here are very strong and I have a lot to learn from them. I am trying my best to be real among a world of have-it-togethers, willing to say that I am not perfect and as strong as the other teachers but that I am getting there. Overall, I really enjoy it and would prefer to be teaching and having fun in the classroom to just hanging out / sitting around relaxing. A lot of people talk about working for the weekends, or just making it through the work week until they can get to the weekend for some freedom, fun, recharging etc. I disagree with this and think it is a pretty sad lifestyle. If you could find that same recharging while you work, then how great would life be. We all need to find what it is we were born to do, and for me, I think I’ve found one of them.
At Bryanston recently:
- Circus Skills Day
- 20,000 pound firework show for Guy Fawkes day
- “abseiling” / repelling down the main school hall (30 feet)
- ultimate frisbee
- new record on “the woodlands” (frisbee golf course): -1
- Average 47/60 for my 8th graders on their common assessment (not so good).
- Scavenger hunt race on my running team
- Trip to see “Lord of the Flies,” the theater production
- Trying to start a Junior Newspaper
- Psychology Class Assignments on Fear and Repressed Anxieties (great for high schoolers)
- Mario Kart. Go Luigi.
- Approached about teaching some upper level English classes.
- Billy Bragg played in assembly this morning
- Paid conferences in the future?
Also Dan is leaving. Dan is the other American from UVA at Bryanston. The job turned out not to be for him, so that brings the Americans down to one. We will miss him.