Yesterday was one of those days that, as a teacher, I think I might have actually made a difference. No, I didn't review the 8 parts of speech like I had planned. And no, we didn't review a TAKS practice test like I had written in my lessons. What? No TAKSing? I know, I know.
Today, my students blogged about their bucket lists. Have you seen the movie, The Bucket List with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson? I haven't, but it's on my list of movies to rent. But this morning, as I was searching for a journal topic online for my Pre-DC students, I stumbled across one that said something about writing down 10 things you would like to do before you die. And that got me thinking.
And here we are.
Writing our bucket lists.
I showed them the movie trailer first and explained what a bucket list was. And then sent them to this website to get their minds going.
And then they wrote for 30 minutes. Quietly. Yes, I said it...quietly. And intently. With focus.
I have to admit, I really was expecting lots of questions and misgivings.
The inevitable, "I don't know what to write," and "Ms., I'm confused, I don't wanna do nuthin'."
That's what I get for assuming. What they say is definitely true.
To my pleasant surprise, they began sharing their ideas and thoughts. And by the end of the class they had thirty, forty, and fifty of them written down.
And I can't wait to read each and every one of them. If you would like to read them, go HERE and look in the sidebar for the class periods. Just click on any of the names you wish.
It is days like this that keep teachers everywhere doing what they do; for that one moment every once in a while, where you really feel like you have done something that will make a difference in 5 or 10 years.
I teach for those moments.