What the!?

globe-theaterLast Thursday I had a little bit of a melt down in class. Having meltdowns in class can be difficult when you are surrounded by kids who are loaded with questions , energy, and no ablity to read you and know that you neeed a minute.

We started our Globe Theatre project again and it was not going off as I would have hoped. We recreate the theatre in our room using things we find in the trash (old boxes and wood) or junk from our basements. It is a stressful, but kick ass project that makes reading and acting out Romeo and Juliet so much more exciting. This year the excitment was there, the big ideas, but the kids weren’t all bringing in their supplies or couldn’t figure out how to make their project happen. It ultimatly lead to a mass throwing in of towels. So we took the day off. We wrote letters to our future pen-pals in Zambia and then talked about Albert Cullum. We discussed the dangers of compulsory education and the importance of thinking outside of the box.

Later that day I got a call from the principle. He asked what we were doing in my class. I told him. He asked if the department head knew about this and if it were in my curriculm. I said yes (because it sort of is. Although many teachers in the school think it’s a waste of time. What does building have to do with reading and writing? It doesn’t really. It has everything to do with teamwork, becoming a real learner and not someone that is just talked to, taking ownership of our classroom, and making learning fun.) The principal then asked me what I know about a lumber delivery. Nothing I told him. Why then he wondered was their a lumber delivery for my class. What!?

It turns out that some of my honors kids had decided to tale my urging to think outside of the box and to think big to a new level. They ordered $100 dollars worth of lumber to be drpooed of at the school to build an authentic replica of the stage at the Globe Theatre.

We build it today after school.


~ by captainawsome on November 25, 2008.

One Response to “What the!?”

  1. Great story!
    I am assuming the principal has your back.

    (I am currently starting a wiki project in a freshman class, and face my own meltdown moments–a story like this goes a long way to keeping an eye on the larger picture.)

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