Today I had my first teacher adventure into middle school. As a music teacher. Here are a few exciting things that I discovered over the course of the day:
1. Boys wear baby pink Christmas sweaters accented with pearls and tinsel (wow, rock it!).
2. 5th graders can get lip/chin piercings (geniune surprise there..).
3. Even the nerdy boys wear skinny jeans (fashion forward, I’m impressed).
4. It’s acceptable for teachers to walk around with more than two strands of tinsel in their hair. The kind you have to pay $3 a strand for…One strand might be more understandable due to the festive nature of pre-holiday school time. 4+ strands confuse me.
T-minus one day til student excitement reaches a head. Hold on tight, teacher friends!
One of the spelling center activities today used a cookie sheet and magnetic letters to practice spelling Dolch words. One little, very well-behaved cherub was a spelling rockstar and worked diligently through the Dolch word list independently. Believing that he was fine, I continued my circulation around the room to ensure the other students were all set. Fast forward three minutes later and little friend has come up to get my attention. He had spelled two sentences and would like me to come and see his masterpiece. What did he spell?
"The dog is pooping outside," and "My mom is a fox."
All words were spelled correctly. He used appropriate phonemic awareness skills to decode the unfamiliar words. Dare I say that I am a little proud?
I saw the title of this article and I thought it was a joke.
Fast forward a few minutes later and I am now trying not to become irate and secretly still hoping this is a joke. With all of the standards, evaluations, and general requirements of the education system that teachers face every day, how is this possible? All of those wonderful, desreving teachers grouped with two musical performers who have yet to write a song with proper grammar?
My favorite part just might be this quote from Melvin El, CEO of Southern-Florida’s Best Education Place, “They’re teaching them better — in many cases — than teachers in the classrooms. Of course they were waning on the content — they weren’t teaching the things that would make kids successful in life, but again, the point that my team was making is that they’re teaching kids in an abundant way.”
This article and honorary award really is a joke, right?