Daily Archives: August 18, 2005

strange year

I have two new intro classes this year and they’re keeping me on my toes. In one, no one will talk. I mean NO ONE. I’ve never seen anything like it. When I tried to figure out what was going on, I discovered they don’t know anything abut each other. At all.
First time in 12 years that’s happened. So I’m working on establishing a trust zone. Teenagers refuse to risk looking stupid if they don’t trust or know each other. “I don’t know” is their favorite answer. Slowly they’re starting to warm up, but in a weird way. They’re good at debating issues and ideas but they don’t really like to do. The second intro. class is very talkative. Simple discipline is a constant. But debating kills them. No way. No how. Definitely no talking about ideas and issues. They’re great with activities though. So my new intro classes are going to require completely different lessons, which is going to zap my time, which is already pretty much spent. UGH.