Monday, September 8, 2014

Reflective Teacher Day 8: What is in My Desk Drawer and What You Can Infer....


 
  The first words that come to mind is: controlled chaos. I took a picture to show you what I mean: it's messy but somewhat organized. I know where everything is I just don't like the "it has to be neat all the time mentality." A brief story might help to make this point....
     My college room in both my dorm and then my Frat house was a mess. And when I say that, I mean Katrina level of a mess. (x10) My roommate my junior year was a little neater than I was but viewed me as a bit of a freak. He actually did a test. He had people come into the room (again Katrina style mess) and told me to find me to find my East Asian History notepad (legal pad....yellow....holla). I found it in literally 5 seconds. Everyone was amazed. He would always ask "How do you do that?" That is simply how my brain works. It can appear unorganized and chaotic, but to me it's not.
     With that in mind, sometimes my classroom itself can appear to be a bit chaotic and unorganized, desks in pods and the appearance of no direct instruction. But stay longer than 5 minutes and one realizes that at some points the class is directly addressed, and sometimes they are working in groups or alone and I am always mobile, always asking questions, rarely sitting down. This is a new approach for me and for the students, especially AP Gov students. I really want to get more peer to peer conversations and discussions before we discuss as a class and that is a mindset shift for anyone, let alone a high school student.
     Okay you can clearly tell that this is a teacher's desk with the various clips (paper and otherwise) and just the shear variety of writing utensils. There are highlighters, markers, pens and pencils. You can see some pass slips and even the back side of our Media Center green passes as well. Calculators, hole punch, scissors and even some staples are laying about. However, I know where almost all of that stuff is and in my wanderings can find what you need just like my roommate in college.
     People have tried and continue to try to organize this drawer, but since it has been around me for such a long time, it just wants to have the Wolski style chaos that inevitably it returns to. But I can still find what you need.....

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