First Impressions

Finally it’s started!  After what seemed like an eternity, the waiting has finally ended and the journey has begun.  The Cohort is now complete and the group seems like a great group of people.  I’m happy to see that there’s a wide variety of us here, with many who are career changers and many who are just beginning on life’s path.  Honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect upon arriving in the classroom.  Glad to see that everyone seems to be like they’re truly neat people.  I think that if you’re going to be spending 5 quarters with the same group of people, it always helps if you like them! 

The book that we’ve been assigned to read seems to be good reading thus far.  I have to admit, some of the things that are discussed are to the contrary of what I had beleived before reading, and being one that doesn’t beleive everything that I read, I will take it to heart.  Granted, some things that Ayers says simply cannot be argued with by someone with my limited background, and must be taken at his word.  His wisdom in cases cannot be argued with, and makes perfect sense. 

The myth 1, that says that good classroom management is essential to becioming a good teacher, is one that at first glance seems like one that really is one that makes sense.  When you think about it, though, a classroom that is run so that everything is quiet and organized is really one that could be one that limits imagination and creativity, one that does not allow laughter and playing does not allow kids to flourish as kids and to just enjoy their youth.  If we stifle children with too many rules and ridgid regulations we run the risk of alienating their natural enthusiasm towards school.  Ayers makes a good point, and reminds us that we should all lighten up a little.  Perhaps we should all do this a little more often in our lives as well!

In another passage Ayers speaks of the pressures one encounters not to teach.  Luckily, I have yet to really encounter many harsh adversaries in my path, and I have a rather strong support group.  My family has a number of educators in its ranks, and my my sister was a member of UWB’s Cohort 1 and has been a good source of advice when needed in the process.  When encountering adverse people like those mentioned, it is important to remain focused upon your goals and to not let their viewpoints bog you down.  In life I have found that people like those mentioned are generally like that because they are bitter about something or another, and for some reason feel compelled to make others feel bad as well. It’s generally a good idea to not spend a lot of time around them if possible….your mileage may vary.

Until next time…



2 thoughts on “First Impressions

  1. Who’s your sister??

    This is fine as far as it goes, Matt, and there’s always much that can be written and thought about, so I do want to see something close to three pages. If you aren’t sure how to translate blog entry to pages, just copy and paste into Word for a quick check.
    I want to see what you’re thinking about and learning about and questioning as you read….

    At least some people who fault schools are indeed bitter about their own experiences there. It’s difficult to avoid them when, unlike those we meet at a personal level, are policy makers, voters, parents, and others who are part of the day to day work of teachers.


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