Reflection: Learning Communities Reversing "The Lost Generation" - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Context and Time Frame

 

This is my last lesson, my last reflection, and my last component for the NEA Better Lesson Master Teacher Project. 

It's time to reflect. 

The journey has been arduous, both in terms of the challenges I've faced with the project, about which I won't go into detail here, and in terms of the school demands. My English students were not the most academically motivated nor were they the easiest group to teach. But they were so kind and cooperative. I love them dearly. 

My colleagues (including my DKG sisters) were very supportive. My colleague Stefanie was immensely helpful with filming. Others offered moral support. 

Most importantly, my BL coach/mentor Debra Block pushed me and laughed w/ me and shared my love of colorful language. She made me mad at times. She offered me comfort and support at other times. She expected me to do good work and was harsh when I needed to do better. She mapped out her vision for my journey, but at times I took side trips. She made the journey bearable in the midst of much anguish. 

I mention all this because I've had a really hard year. Maybe you have, too. If so, you are not alone. There are others like us. We don't always see them. Teaching isolates us. It often demoralizes us and makes us feel less than who we are, but our students show us this messy, challenging profession is meaningful. We are a part of their story and they a part of ours. And that's a tale worth telling and worth some reflection. 

 

 

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Reversing "The Lost Generation"

Unit 14: Endings Leading to New Beginnings: The Last Three Days of School
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWBAT become inspired to look at the future with hope that they can reverse negative social trends.

Big Idea: "All of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it." --Jonathan Reed

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