This TLCShare contribution is from Amy Mitchell. Amy has been teaching science at Florence High School (10-12) for 9 years. She currently teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology. She believes that building relationships with her students and understanding their viewpoints is paramount to creating a positive learning environment.
My first thought is that our students are truly run through the mill on a daily basis. There are some positive and some negative spins! Overall, I had a fantastic day. I felt extremely challenged in some classes (stepping into a second year foreign language class when I hadn't had the first year in over 20 years), completely bored in some (there was a sub in the class, so I couldn’t expect interactions from a teacher), and experienced a newfound respect for our fine arts program.
Some extremely important questions I have from today’s experience: How do these kids do this every single day? How do they keep up a good work ethic when they work from 7:50 to 12:20 with only 5 minutes to rush to the next class? By fifth period, I just wanted to play Candy Crush. It was so hard to sit quietly and read. How do they rush from room to room to then sit for 50 more minutes? Our school is huge by the way and it really does take the full five minutes in traffic to get from some point A’s to some point B’s! How then do they participate in all the extracurriculars and do homework from all classes and study for multiple tests while still maintaining passing grades? How out of touch am I that I didn’t realize how difficult so much of this was? And most importantly, how in the world do their bladders wait so long for relief?
Since I have a scientific mind, obviously chemistry and geometry were much more enjoyable for me than History and English! Forgive me here, English teachers…..Julius Ceasar?….Has our curriculum not changed at all in 20 years? This is the same play that I had to read in the 10th grade. This is what it has done for me in life…..sometimes crossword puzzles ask for the phrase of betrayal “e tu Brute” and they often include the “ides” of March. Surely there’s something better out there that today’s 21st century student could relate to. I guess it must be a rite of passage, but just not one my analytical mind can understand. I’m sure there are those who would have felt the same way about the polyatomic ion quiz and BINGO. It truly takes all of us to make this school and even the world work like it should! Chemistry and geometry were things I used later in life to help better myself because those were my strong suits. I do understand that history repeats itself, so I guess it’s important to learn. Today it was just confirmed to me why I became a science teacher. Again with my scientific mind, these are things that I use and that I see as useful. Thank goodness I don’t have to read or write essays about the cause, course, and consequence of events in history. Those things were apparently chiseled out of my brain once I finished the required courses in college. Polyatomic ions and equilateral triangles, now those mean something in my life!
What I learned as a result of this experience: