Day 1 of the New Room. My first two periods were happily doing PE in my other room (Jillian Michaels’ Cardio Kickboxing). Not everyone was happy…I did have to write up one boy, who when I told him that of COURSE you’ll be sweating. His reply? “I don’t need to be f***ing sweating.” Huh. He spit at the wall as my security guy escorted him out of the room.
I sent someone to get my speakers. She comes running back in to yell,
OH MY GOD MS. V. Your room is soooooooooo relaxing! I love what you’ve done with it!
That was the first look. Little by little, students came before third period to look inside. Someone said, “Oh wow, look at the curtains.” Someone else said, “Look at the lamps.” …and on it went. Only one boy, who is mostly oppositional, wrote to me that he didn’t like the tables–at all. 🙂
We started with a lyrics day. I gave them a poem “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen. At this point, they didn’t know it was a song. (They don’t even know who The Boss is, but I won’t go there yet.) We analyzed it a bit, and I tried to get them to understand that yes, there were rockers waaaaaaay back in 1975. I then played the song. The upshot is that tomorrow, they are bringing in the songs that represent them. It was a cool period.
Then 4th period came in the room, with their loud mouths, and F*** this!….and WHAT THE HELL! WHAT HAPPENED HERE. They were NOT so accepting.
5th period came with shouts of “We thought you were going to quit on Friday!” All in all, they liked it too, and they wrote to me in their journals how the peacefulness was really nice.
“No”, I said, “I didn’t quit. And I’m not going to.” The last four teachers in my room quit. A few after 2 periods. Last year, the students threw computer monitors [!], keyboards, and towers. They broke the overhead, and ripped books.
No, I’m not going to quit. I’m going to stay and stay and stay. I don’t trust them, nor they me… Yet.
3.5 miles in the morning, as we start Week 3 of Hal Higdon’s training. On that note, I did a full half hour of stretching today, and I really liked and needed it.