The stoners in the back like:
The class clowns are like:
Girls on their period are like:
The bestfriends are like:
That one dude who is ready to fight at all times is like:
The teacher’s pet is front in center like:
That one person who is always texting is like:
Nobody is learning so the teacher like:
The very fact that this man is a Goucher grad makes me very, very excited for what I can be capable of.
Disconcerting thing of the day:
Rude rude people vandalized the hall I live on. One of their antics was to write a different profanity on everybody’s whiteboards. The campus safety officers came through and erased all of the explicits, except for three:
Last time I checked, those terms can have as, or more of, a debilitating effect as any. Come on, world. Inform yourselves.
the power of a promise
To me, a first grader saying “I promise” holds about the same amount of meaning as when they say “I’m sorry” - meaning they have learned that is what you say to get out of trouble.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of observing a substitute teacher who used the promise as a way of holding 24 first graders accountable for their actions. At the beginning of class she had everybody hold up their right hand and say “I promise that I will have good manners. I promise.” During class, if anybody acted up they would be met with “are you already breaking your promise?” The class was reminded several times that they were the only ones that could make sure they were behaving well, and that nobody could ever take that away from them. The effects were outstanding. Several teachers poked their heads in to check on the kids and they were amazed at how well the class was behaving.
The fact that she was able to take the generic term of “I promise” and give it meaning is what I think transformed and empowered these kids. I’m not sure if this could translate into other classrooms or even to another day, but for these kids on this day it was really something to see.