Of Journals and Other Things

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This semester might just be awesome.

I love the new class of seniors so far. They seem to be a lot more laid back, and less laden with attitude than the one class who just left me. I know as a teacher I tend to be rather sarcastic, and some classes don’t really respond well to that. These kids seem to. That’s a good thing.

I started a new journaling project with all of my classes today. It’s one that Patti does as well, and was kind of inspired by the Freedom Writers’ Diary. Check out the Freedom Writers at: http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Writers-Diary-Teacher-Themselves/dp/038549422X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1296509603&sr=1-1

My students get 10 minutes every day. They come in at the beginning of the period, get their journal from the rack, and just write. About anything. It can be nonsensical, it can be lyrics, poetry, even illustrations. So long as they write. No one reads it (except, occasionally, me) and they can use it as their own space to vent/be creative. So far, I’ve not had even one complaint about it. They all seem excited about the idea! However, it’s only day one.

Today, my juniors are beginning a month-long persuasive writing unit. Patti and I planned it together, and it will be awesome. We’re beginning with a crayon activity where they have to persuade the Crayola company to keep their crayon color. So far, it’s gotten a good reception and the kids are enjoying writing about something fun.

The senior classes have begun an introductory activity. They’re making a culture bag. This assignment requires them to think about their own personal cultures and to draw them inside an outline of a bag. I’ve heard from other students that they are excited about this, so that seems to be going well.

I’m excited to see how this semester ends up. I think there is some potential for great things. I’m already fired up!

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One response »

  1. It’s possible that you are more relaxed going into this semester. You’ve had some successes and are feeling more comfortable with the whole process. That probably affects how the kids relate to you.

    On the other hand, there are some classes that are very difficult for some reason,. One or two negative kids can influence the climate in the entire classroom. You just went through one of those. Thankfully, you won’t have that every semester. Enjoy this semester. It sounds like you’re off to a great start.

    I fully expect you to develop into an awesome teacher. You’ve already begun the process. 🙂

    Mary

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