Day 1: In My Classroom I Am... 2016- April Blog A Day Challenge
Prompt: In my classroom I am...
I teach in New York City. I have worked with hundreds of amazing kids over the last 10 years. I have taught in 6 different physical spaces including two school auditoriums.Each physical space has provided a unique set of challenges and for that matter, inspiration. Yesterday, I spent the first two periods with two of my 9th grade theatre classes and our amazing Teaching Artist, Albert from Theatre For A New Audience. My kids have embarked on a semester long study of Pericles, a rarely read--let alone studied play by the notorious William Shakespeare. In this classroom, I get to step back a bit and watch the kids grow and explore the Bard with a master teaching artist, actor and director. I learn as much as teaching theater from these sessions as they are learning about performance and creation of theatre.
When I go upstairs to the brightly lit rooms that I teach in through out the rest of the week, I slide back into the role of master teacher, but the learning I do continues there as well. Last week my 10th graders began student led lessons of the poetry of World War 1. They are to prepare a 30 minute lesson that includes leveled discussion question and a check for understanding to assess the learning of their peers (and the effectiveness of their instruction). In my classroom I am a witness to their evolution as scholars. They are learning to learn independently from me, an essential step in the quest to prepare students for College and Careers.
In my classroom I am safe. This is where I grow, where I thrive. My classroom is where I have been able to heal after 5 surgeries in 3 years, always returning so soon because the energy in my teaching and learning community fuels my healing. I know this about myself. My colleagues, my mentors, my kids.
In my classroom, I am ALIVE.