[This week's guest blogger is Dan Meyer, a 21-yo student teacher from Sacramento who won't realize how good he had it until several years later.]
Every day I come to student-teach at Florin High School with something to write. Be it a movie review, a letter, or a movie script, I always have something to speed up the interminable — my two hours of observation. I finished three reviews (of admittedly variable quality) in only five days. Boredom makes me strong, gives me a reason to write, makes me prolific. But today I’ve got nothing so I’ve resorted to writing about having nothing.
Two Periods Later
Strangely, for the first time since I’ve been here, it wasn’t an issue. First period trig was doing group work and help was needed all around. I got on my knees besides Arielle’s desk and fell like a rock back into my old rhythms. It felt great to be doing something … finally.
See … and maybe I should just post the whole thing so I don’t forget … but we’ve been talking in EDU 275 about classroom management — how we get the little blighters to fall in line and learn. My theory, which has got me branded as a maverick by my cohort, is that if I can make these kids believe that I’m cool, they’ll follow me to the end of the Earth. Today my stock rose several points with that class, which won’t hurt come winter semester when I take over.