Joined: 19 Oct 2011
Today, I pulled out a super soaker squirt gun and blasted my students in the middle of class. Oh yes, I calmly removed it from a bin where I had been hiding it and let loose. They screamed, they jumped, and yelled "What's going on?"
After the smoke cleared and the children settled down, I simply said:
"What you have just experienced is an act of terrorism."
I then led into my lesson on terrorism and how it is unexpected, shocking and violent. Later, the class watched a video on Al Qaeda, and after studying their tatics, engaged in a simulation we call the World Game. During the game, students working in teams came up with creative solutions for dealing with an array of terrorist attacks, including cutting off finances, tapping into communications and invading possible camps. It was a thing of beauty.
The reason I am sharing this is because I think it reflects a movement of what some of the teachers at my school call "Counting Up." Instead of counting down the days until the school year is over, these educators have chosen to count up the days until the new school year, and in the process, have kept their motivation and standards high.
It means teaching to the last day, to the last minute, realizing that the school year is short, and there is little time to make a difference.
I hope I have inspired you to count up during the remaining days of school. For more ways to make the final days meaningful, please join an ongoing discussion at the Innovative Teaching group at http://community.educationworld.com/content/final-days?gid=NTEyMQ==
Have a blessed day,