Oct 13, 2009

Expressions in the Classroom

The funniest thing about being a teacher is learning the expression of your students. A pen in the mouth: they're thinking about sex. Twirling their hair: same thing. Smiling: they are listening. Staring off into space: something else is more important. My favorite is group expression: group laughter. I love it when the class acts as a group and the students respond spontaneously to the material and join in expressively. We were talking about embarrassing elementary school experiences: one kid told us how his teacher braid his moppish hair and I spoke about how I pulled down on my second grade teacher's cardigan at a Halloween Haunted house. I was so scared. When we came out through the other end I had made her sweater into a dress. The problem with being a teacher today: it is hard to make every lesson exhilirating. Sometimes, a lesson is boring. How do I make articles interesting ? (especially at 7:40 in the AM). And: students are highly critical of their teachers. But, we demand a lot from them, so it goes both ways. Geez, if the opprobrium of the grade would dissapear! Anyway: best moment this year: sculptures. Worst moment: being blamed for losing a notebook. Jesus, do I look like a housekeeper? Let's get back to nouns, verbs, and shit.

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