Welcome to another school year. I share this blog with my students and their parents, as well as the world. I tend to share my thoughts, however politically incorrect they may be, with anyone who meets me. I welcome others to do the same, and I would die defending their right to their viewpoint, no matter how wrong it is.
After two days, I am beginning to see who the shy students are, who the gregarious students are, and the ones who understand my sense of humor. I have yet to discover any student I wish to defenestrate.
Each year, I look inward to see how I can improve. Although I know I am perfect, I entertain my wife’s thought that I can be better. (It never hurts to humor the little woman…).
This year, I have created a separate document to show student’s mastery of the Common Core Curriculum. To be honest, I have done this with my grade book, but the spreadsheet will make it easier for administrators to see the job I am doing. Realistically speaking, it is not really how well we do our job, but how well we convince bosses that we do our job.
Administrators, parents, students, and other blog readers: do not fear. I am utilizing the “I Can” statements of the Core as presented by Christina Hank, an excellent resource. I am very aware of the direction we are headed, and I am happy to see it. I just notice that we (leaders in education) have been this way before. The difference is that leaders changed and terms changed, but the ideas did not. Now, we have a common language and goals to help our students succeed. This is exciting!
For parents, it may be too much information. Nonetheless, know that your kids are in good hands. I am teaching writing and reading. I have lots of other words to describe what I am teaching, but for most of you, that is not important. I am working hard to prepare your child for success in college and / or a career. I know that all of my students will not be English teachers, although several have chosen that path. I do know that the kids will need to think and analyze and support their opinions. That is what I focus on.
For any current students reading this, know that I plan to challenge you. I do not care what your opinion is as much as I care how well you support it. I want you to stand for something, not fall for anything. I want you to disagree with me. I want you to show me with facts why I am wrong. I know I am not perfect; I am married with 4 kids. The family tells me how wrong I am all of the time. I merely like supporting details and examples.
Here is a little secret: I will disagree with you just to see what facts you present to me to show me that I am wrong even though, in my heart, I agree with you.
Good luck this year students and parents.