Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Platypus Has a Breakthrough



As my last few posts may have already suggested, I have been having a bit of a breakthrough with my students. Though I still have frequent discipline issues to deal with and a lot of apathy and boredom to fight, I think I'm finally beginning to see the fruits of three years of hard work. When I say three years of hard work, I mean not just me but the students as well. I think that's where the breakthrough really comes; that moment when a sufficient number of students decides that they enjoy learning and that they're hard work really is beginning to pay off. Once that happens, they cease to be passive receivers of information and become true learners. A true learner is self-motivated and pursues knowledge in a variety of fields both inside and outside the classroom. Get enough students to become true-learners and it can change the tenor of a classroom and of an entire school. I don't know if that will happen, but I'm trying to encourage them as best I can.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Platypus Comes Full Circle


There's nothing like watching two of my students playing chess at lunch and talking about Chrono Trigger and "The Lord of the Rings."

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Platypus Payoff

There's nothing like watching two of your students truck around with copies of Dante's "Inferno" and C.S. Lewis' "Till We Have Faces." Not to mention that they seem to actually get what they're reading.