Today was a good teaching day. I felt particularly proud of my school’s student body when they were the ones leading the standing ovations (not the staff) during an all-school presentation by a Holocaust survivor. There was an air of productivity and perspective that permeated throughout the rest of the day.
I was very happy to have jumped on the opportunity to throw in a writing prompt on the presentation. Though most students had not finished, I was impressed with the connections they had made. Some students spoke about their 9/11 experiences and reactions. (I realized most of them were only five or six years old when the towers fell.)
I also had a geeky moment when I was sprinting around PowerPoint, adding to and tweaking graphic organizer that just wasn’t coming together. As I was recording some notes, I had two kids stop me and bewilderedly say, “How are you doing all of that so fast?!” We had a talk about my gradwork, my goals and my education background. We got back to brainstorming/prewriting our essay ideas, but I heard whispers of, “Woah, did you see that? None of the other teachers can do that that fast…” </GeekPride>