So this whole project is terrifying. I was horrible at having journals as a kid, and I think I may be worse at doing something consistently now. I was taught as a kid that you shouldn’t write anything down that you didn’t want anyone to know. All I could think about was: what would I write? I couldn’t write down everything I was thinking. That would include too many to-do lists and far more complaining then necessary. So then what?
And then, the day before the slice of life challenge started, I gave a poetry lesson on the difference between tone and mood. I had all of my students compile a list of songs that they like so that I could use them during the unit (if not… you know I’d just teach Tim McGraw and Backstreet Boys songs…). I found out that one of the students in a class I teach loves the Ron Pope song “A Drop in the Ocean.” This is currently one of my favorite songs. I asked him for clarification to make sure that we were talking about the same song. Turns out that we were. He said he liked to listen to it when he was sad to bring him back to a good mood. I decided to put it on our tone vs. mood lesson. Among the five songs I choose, I also included songs from Phillip Phillips, Taylor Swift, Les Miserables, and the Weeknd. Little did I know this particular student also loves the music group The Weeknd.
If you happen to know of this group, you know finding a part of a song I could use was challenging, but possible. As we got to each song that he liked, he got more excited to listen to the music and go over the tone and mood. He left the room at the end of class with the phrase “Miss! It’s like you made this lesson for me!” In every English class after that one that day, at least four students sang along to the song and was excited to see it in our lesson. It was a teaching day they tell you about during that first day of Intro to Education class in college; one of those moments that you want to mentally run a victory lap around the classroom (but you hold it in because it would be “weird”).
Do I feel like that everyday? Nope. Does that sort of thing work for that particular student everyday? Nope. And then I decided that perhaps this slice of life thing is do-able. There’s always someone with something bad to say about teaching, students, and everyday life. Why not remind myself (and others, if I don’t bore you too much) of something good that happens that day via my blog? I warn you that I’ll probably use a lot of quotes from my students or movies. I’ll also warn you that I may forget some days, or use quotes from other days. It’ll be sloppy. It may be boring and it won’t always be as delightful or victory-lap worthy, but at least it’ll be out there.