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Friday, February 16, 2007

Future of America

I decided that I was going to write a mushy Valentine for J. I seriously considered it right up until I passed out watching What Not to Wear.

Instead, I will tell you that he is really enjoying student teaching. He now knows exactly what’s wrong with our public education system and is ready to change it. Now, you might be laughing at that. I’m totally not. He’s a really good teacher, but one of his other major talents is spotting inefficiencies and fixing them. I have no doubt that he will change whatever school or district he ends up in and make them better for everyone.

In the meantime, he’s teaching the Future of America basic math principles. The poor kids don’t know who they are messing with. He is no common student teacher, he is super-teacher in student teacher clothing. He had a mumbling heckler in class the other day, one of those kids that is a repeat distracter. Instead of the usual methods, J decided to criticize the mumbler’s method of distraction. J encouraged the kid to go ahead, stand up, and voice his opposition as loudly as possible. In fact, could the kid do that right now? Go ahead, the least the mumbler could do is to criticize properly. The mumbling heckler quickly saw the error of his ways (for now.)

See, J is not scared of a heckler. To the delight of most of the class, the heckler now becomes J’s best friend. The heckler gets to answer every question about every problem. “But I just did the last question,” the heckler complains. “But you have so much to say I think you should share it with everyone,” J responds. And on they go…

5 comments:

~j. said...

I love that story. In the ideal school I've set up for my children in my mind, J is the math teacher. I'd love for his "this isn't hard" and "you can absolutely figure this out" philosophies to be passed on to my children. Because you know they're not likely to pick that up from me (you know how I feel about math).

Kiki said...

YES! I LOVE J! THAT is how it should be done!

Lucky Red Hen said...

I, too, do not put up with hecklers (http://luckyredhen.blogspot.com/2007/01/to-treat-or-not-to-treat.html). Too lazy to figure out the link code.

Good onya for being scary!

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metamorphose said...

Sounds like he's got a great handle on things. Rock on!