Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Blazing My Own Trail & Krispy Kreme Rumors

I have been teaching my writing class for six months now. It has been a roller coaster ride. I started with a very strong group of students. Things have changed a lot in six months. Most of the core group that were with me at the beginning have left because of their class loads in Junior High. I have been able to pick up a student here or there along the way, but none of them have been the caliber of the ones that left. What was a big class of 21 is now an intimate group of nine.

The curriculum I was given at the onset of the course was perfect for the group I had then. It's unbearable now. Since this is the first time this class has ever been taught, it has been a bumpy road. For the past two months, I have been struggling to find the right level of material for the students currently in the class. About three weeks ago I stumbled on a great website that has a bunch of good stuff on it. I have been using the stuff in class and it seems to be working great, the kids are digging it. One teeny tiny problem. I have yet to tell the boss that I ditched the prescribed stuff and have gone my own way. She is NOT going to be happy about it. As I have said before, she is tough and it's gonna take some smooth talking on my part to avoid her wrath. The way I see it, I am doing what needs to be done. The kids were sputtering big-time with the other stuff. I was spending way too much time explaining things that were going right over their heads. Also, I was spending an inordinate amount of time correcting papers that were a disaster. I think if I present my argument to her in the right manner, she'll come around. Until then, I am gonna continue doing my thing.

Rumors have been flying around Taipei that Krispy Kreme may be setting up some franchises in the city. Oh please Krispy Kreme people, give us a shot. Taiwanese make donuts that I wouldn't feed to a

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey David. We still doing the penpal thing?