Monthly Archives: July, 2013

Year Round School? I’ll pass

I’m doing some reading for a grad class I’m taking right now and one of the topics is that of year-round school.  I’m never a big fan of using “It’s always the way we’ve done it” as a reason for continuing to do something, but that reason is good enough for me in this situation.

I think it would be one heck of a hard sell to have students come to school in July and August.  Even if we give them vacation spread throughout the year, I think it’d be awfully hard to get them to refocus and get back into the swing of things (it’s hard enough in September)!

Thanks, but no thanks to year-round school.

Thoughts on The Curious Incident…

I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in less than a day.  It was a very quick read, and I’d imagine that my students (who get to choose reading this of Lord of the Flies) would pick this one.

For whatever reason, I tend to enjoy reading novels told from the first-person perspective, and The Curious Incident falls into that category.

It was definitely an eye-opening novel which allows you to really get to walk (or ride the train) in the shoes of someone coping with Autism.

I think the lesson I take from the novel is that people are more than first impressions. I’d imagine if I was a passerby or someone on the train with Christopher, I’d probably not stick around long enough to learn about him and his talents.

Thoughts on Lord of the Flies

Since the students I’ll be teaching in the fall are given summer reading assignments, the least I could do is read them, too, right?

I had read Lord of the Flies wayyyyy back in middle school or high school, so it was good to get a refresher on it.  Lots of great themes in the story: Independence, Order in Society, Human Nature, and so on.

I think a lot of these are quite relevant to today’s teenagers.  If it wasn’t completely against the rules to do so, I think it would be great to one day pretend to not show up to class and surreptitiously have a video camera somewhere in the room (simulating the boys on the island emerging from the plane crash).Image

After a few moments without adult supervision, I’d imagine a few students would probably get up and leave.  Others would sit there quietly.  And I bet one or two students would try to maintain some semblance of order by making sure the class was doing what they were supposed to be doing.

I doubt that the “society” of that unsupervised classroom would escalate to the violence, schisms and general chaos that occurred in the novel, but it would be interesting to see how quickly a culture of order (or disorder) would take foot in that room.

Next up: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.  I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Music Video Monday – Rainy Monday

As I sit down to do some work this morning it is absolutely pouring outside. And it’s Monday. Here’s “Rainy Monday” by Shiny Toy Guns