ONE YEAR WITH AN ENGLISH TEACHER
Day 124, April 8, 2008
Today I noticed "the pond effect" again. In my first morning class, I felt somewhat ill at ease at the beginning, sort of insecure and hesitant, almost as though I was a new teacher just feeling my way in the profession. (Strange, that this feeling still occasionally comes to me after all these years.) I began to think this was going to be a very unsuccessful class, and perhaps an unsuccessful day, and I found myself settling in to a mild case of "the blues". However, before very long the students and I started settling in a different way. Like a pond that's been stirred up and then left alone, we slowly began to calm down and get to work. I started teaching in an efficient manner, and the students started being productive learners. Before long, the blues had left me and I was once again a happy and grateful teacher.
Some of the 9th graders told me today that they can "see" Great Expectations better now that they've been to