This morning I took Francie to my classroom at school. She absolutely loves it there and her favorite thing is to use the dry erase pens on the giant whiteboard. She makes some squiggles and pronounces that she has just drawn a picture of a princess or balloon or a kitty and then I tell her that she is the best artist I have ever seen, She also spends time on the classroom phone talking to her mom or grandma or Aunt Sara. I think she mostly likes playing with the phone cord.
Triage Teacher by Patricia Dubrava
I just found this essay today and it's written by a retired teacher. It talks about her post-career substitute experience and having to do two weeks in a middle school Language Arts classroom. I enjoyed this piece a whole lot. I started my career as a seventh grade Language Arts teacher and her observations about the kids were dead on.
Essay: 9 of 10
I really enjoyed the narrative. Dubrava nailed the kids, the administrators, the sadness of the awful teacher she was asked to fill-in for, and hard work it takes to be effective. I really appreciated how she doesn't go easy on the teacher she replaced. Newsflash: There are some terrible teachers. I believe that the good ones far outweigh the bad ones but the bad ones get most of the publicity. Dubrava calls the bad teacher out. She lets him have it and he deserves it.
Teachability: 7 of 10
This is a total guess. I think the students would enjoy reading this as a change of pace and the discussion would be excellent. They would really like sharing stories of substitute teachers and poor classroom teachers. I hate it when they try to do that because A: it's not professional to listen and B: it's so embarrassing to hear. The other nice thing about the essay is that kids only experience school form their perspective and this essay could show them school from the other side.