Monday, May 19, 2014

Teach Like A PIRATE Day 2, Days Away

Well, we are a few days away from attempting to pull off the sequel.  The experiences are in and we will print and distribute the guidebooks to the students tomorrow, two days before the big day.  This will allow students to start to figure out which experiences they want to, well, experience.

Last year, I was a part of pulling of the first TLAP Day at Utica Junior High, and I feel like these two events will have a different feel.  Many of my teachers last year really stepped out of their comfort zones and created some unbelievable activities for the kids.  It was a memorable day.  We were all pretty brave.  No one knew what would happen when we decided to allow 250 7th and 8th grade students to go wherever they wanted for an entire school day.  We actually saw kids were running TO class.

This year, I am in a new school and a new district.  We have 500 5th and 6th grade students.  To be perfectly honest with you, many of my teachers already create unique experiences for our kids on a regular basis.  Doing a day like this may not be much different than any other day at BWI.  Or maybe, just maybe, this will be a day unlike any other.  If nothing else, I know it will be a day in which kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

Often times in education, we take the importance of that for granted.  Kids will not remember the tests, the quizzes, the notes, or the lectures we present.  They will however remember the experiences, and there is something to be said for that.

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1 comment:

  1. Best of luck! I LOVE your last paragraph - it perfectly sums up why I wanted to go into teaching.