Friday, January 11, 2013
My week as a teacher revisited and revised!
Smack! Mrs. Farmer Goes for a Train Ride
The story goes like this....
I jumped aboard the train on Monday, ready for the adventure that lied ahead. Tuesday, I dashed down the aisle, dropped into my passenger's seat and peered anxiously out the window, meditating on the fresh teaching techniques I craved to try. Worn by Wednesday, I trudged to the dining car to seek refreshment, stunted by the abhorrent behavior of a few of my beloved miscreants. When Thursday rolled in, I promptly returned to my passenger seat, recalling my mission to grow into a teacher of excellence. By Friday, the train briskly came to a stop. I breathed deeply, amassed my belongings, and strolled off the train with smile and composure intact.
The story above is based upon my week as a classroom teacher. Currently, we are working on replacing dead verbs (am, are, is has, had, have, be, was, were, etc) with vivid, active verbs.
This task seems simple enough, but it is quite the opposite. Anyway, as an exercise, I decided to try to write one brief narrative, eliminating all dead verbs.
How can we ask our students to do something that we are unwilling to do ourselves?
The answer is....we can't. Here is to better story telling. Cheers!
I'm a passionate middle grades teacher, and currently teaching 5th grade, I love all content areas because I enjoy learning, but my heart lies in ELA/Reading. I began this blog as a reflection tool, but my hope is that others might learn from my insights. Always know that with education, there will be different viewpoints. I may be passionate about my viewpoint, but I'd also love to know yours, too! Thank you for visiting, and wishing you all the best in your educational quest for ideas.