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Weapons day in my class

Friday, April 01, 2011

My first class LOVED the weapons my friend brought - he showed a big sword one needs two hands to use, a modified broad sword (the kind used in medieval times), a rapier similar to what was used during the Renaissance (lighter, one-handed sword), and various short swords, knives, daggers, and things with different names (a kriss, for example).

The kids had a great time - my first class (Advanced art) had a ton of questions, wanted to hold each and every sword, a few kids went into corners of the room to pretend they were fighting (I figured if they were smart enough to move far away from everyone, they could swing it once or twice), and my fave - they took cell phone photos of each other holding the different swords. They were SO into it!!!!! And they all agreed that this was one of the BEST guest speakers they've ever had in their entire lives!

Second class was just bored - they were polite, they sat quietly, but they didn't want to touch anything, they didn't have questions, they were like lumps on the chairs. Boring! Oh well, at least they applauded - and the two boys who thought it was cool helped carry everything back to the car, and I think they probably had questions at that point. (They were kind of cute, when I asked for assistants they ran up and said, ME ME ME!)

Third class was normal - my friend had to go back to work.

Anyway, it was a good morning!!!!
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  • v PHEBESS
    Not sure why the classes had such different reactions, Myrna - each class sort of has its own personality, it's just a combination of the students and how they interact. Also, the Advanced class is just into art and they get passionate about it - the second class is there because they were assigned art, not that they wanted art class.
    1970 days ago
  • v EDDYMEESE
    I had a 6th-grade teacher who was the first to not let me get away with being sub-par when she knew I could do better...I went back at 18 and thanked her and told her how far I'd come from being a below-average student to being the National Honors Society President, an International Baccalaureate, etc... She didn't remember me AT ALL! But she cried when I told her. I realize that she sees so many students, so there is no reason for her to remember, but I was really happy that I took the time to see her and tell her how thankful I am. There are quite a few teachers in my family and it is one of the most important jobs out there!
    1971 days ago
  • v SAPNA.
    Why did the classes have such a different reaction?
    1971 days ago
  • v PHEBESS
    I hope it makes an impact - the second class has some girls who are in their "mean girl" phase, and it makes the whole class less fun for everyone.
    1972 days ago
  • v WATERMELLEN
    So much fun -- and you are creating memorable times even for the ones too shy to say.

    I know from my teaching years and people coming up to speak to me long afterwards that you never really know the impact you are having . . .
    1972 days ago
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