I want to reuse the meme from last week, because it seems so fitting for what we are still doing. But just for the sake of variety, here's a new one...
I know... right? But seriously, what if it did? What if the things you are learning actually pertained to the rest of your life? Would you believe me if I said they did?
I was skeptical when I was younger. I didn't feel like school was for me. I thought that my teachers didn't like me or any of my friend--being the skateboarder, there were a lot of stereotypes that people thought that I fell in to. But school, the work at least, was easy for me. And I think because of all this, it felt like just another hoop to jump through. I was picked on, there were too many rules, and I just wanted to disappear into my music and hoodie and go about my day. But I wasn't allowed to. I was told, continuously, to take off my hood, to quit asking questions... to just do as I'm told.
Except... there was one teacher--just one that I can remember--who challenged me to think a bit more deeply. I was taught to keep asking those questions, and to then begin seeking answers. We learned about the world around us through the literature we read and analyzed. We could begin to see what these characters thought and felt, we saw perspective. We challenged each other, fought for what we thought was right, and felt like we could make change. And I began to see school a little differently.
I found that learning things for the sake of learning them made me feel... good! Beginning to share my perspective--a perspective that I felt before to be completely unheard--felt so empowering.
I've come to a conclusion: if I can reach students in the same way my former Language Arts teacher reached me, then school is worth it. I can make school worth it.
So, I don't blame you if you don't like school right now, if you get bored, or tired of the work, or just can't wait to get out of there; I felt the same before in my life. But please know, that no matter what I say or do, I am always fighting for you. I am always going to work my hardest to reach you where you are, to help lift you above where you think you are, and help you reach heights you never knew you were capable of. That's why I teach. And that's why I am here at a place I thought I couldn't wait to leave. For you.
Let's Change the World!!!
This is where you can check and see a brief overview of what we have done as a class each week. My intention is to keep this up to date with happenings, assignments, trends, previews of the following week, and anything else that needs to be shared with my students and their families. I may not always get something written each week, but I will do my best to be disciplined in keeping you informed.