Monday, August 22, 2005

argh.

this year is off to a fuzzy start. i say fuzzy because i'm walking around in a haze of doubt and confusion. something doesn't feel right. our bell system is off. co-workers are pissy because their classes are overflowing. really, nothing is that bad (the bells will be fixed and classes most likely leveled) but these kinks complicate your day. i have a feeling that most of my frustration stems from my apprehension with teaching a new subject. still, this is not the way i like to start off the year. i have no flow. if i've said it once, i'll say it again: i need flow. ugh.

so i'm blogging because i made this lesson plan about the thirteen colonies and i don't know if i like it so i'm stalling. i could call someone but my conversations as of late have averaged about an hour and i don't have that time. i will make the time, which is the problem.

i drafted the basic thirteen colonies idea--the map or outline of the colony, descriptions of geography, climate, religion, government, culture, etc.-- but i gave it an advertising spin. the kids will have to come up with a slogan and try to convince someone to move to their colony. they will also have to draw a picture of some sort of cultural phenomenon, be it clothes or a house or a meal. i don't know. i can't figure out what to do about the shitty parts of the colonies, you know, like malaria, brutal winters, slavery-- the things that are hard to sell. really i need to finish reading the fine details about these colonies because, i'll admit it, i got through the first five and then stopped to jot down this idea. yeah, it's going into effect tomorrow. top teaching right here people.

oh, and i tried to introduce a higher level article today and was reminded once again of how low my kids function. they're bright kids and they need to be challenged but they don't have skills and they don't want the skills or the challenge. i basically have to manipulate them into accepting the challenge and hold their hands the whole way through. that's an issue to tackle another time though.

i'll let you know if this 13 colonies idea totally bombs.

2 Comments:

Blogger dan said...

I like the idea! You could fit in the "bad stuff" by have them make a comments or ratings section. Sort of like epinions.com or Amazon.

"Come to Beautiful New England"
Comment
- Don't forget your coat - it gets very cold in the winter! England will seem like a summer paradise.

Just a suggestion. I know the flow feeling, it will come. Some years there are just a few more bumps then others.

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Or you could have them make those disclaimers like on those drug commercials...That crazy-fast-talking guy describing the multiple side effects.

That would make for some fun teaching moments.

I like Dan's idea, too. Hope it's not too late!

1:27 PM  

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