Friday, February 12, 2010

Day 57- Classmates

Once upon a time...

 I wrote a fun lesson plan in which students would compete to write the worst poetry possible and to be inducted into the Bad Poetry Hall of Fame.  When it came time to teach a lesson to a small group of classmates last year, the lesson came out to play, and it was a hit.  I taught it again to my students during my internship, and it was popular once again.  In fact, one little girl even said something to me like, "I see what you're doing here... we're writing poetry AND having fun.  You're tricky."  The magical lesson earned the respect of my CT that day too, and she told me she'd like to use it in the future.

Yesterday I noticed that a classmate of mine had posted on our student teaching discussion board that she was in desperate need of materials to make an upcoming poetry unit more entertaining.  So, of course, I gave a brief description of the lesson and said I'd be happy to send my materials if it sounded interesting.  Today an e-mail popped up in my inbox to let me know that someone had responded.  And then another one.  And another one.  And another one... and so on...  Some of the classmates I taught the lesson to told me that they remembered it well and had already planned on using it in the next few weeks in their student teaching.  The others asked for my materials and said they're excited to incorporate it too.  It is so special for me to be acknowledged and respected in this way by my peers and mentors.  It is refreshing to deeply enjoy my work and to be able to pass it on.  The thought of students all over the area enjoying poetry set to the tune of my lesson plan is nothing short of overwhelming.

I might just live happily ever after.

Thank you, classmates, you made my day.  

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