Day two at Dorman went by at a brisk pace as my day was filled with two more classroom observations, interacting with students, and planning with Mrs. Dillard and Mrs. Nelson. In preparation for a booktalk next week, Melanie walked me though using converting YouTube videos to .wmv files so that they can be played in the classroom. Cathy and I talked about the research process, finding good sources, and how to walk students through the steps. She also gave me some pointers on doing an effective presentation.
Melanie helped me identify potential teacher collaboration partners and I look forward to exploring a variety of curriculum topics. Speaking of varied curriculum, the classes I sat in on were Physics and a 12th grade English class. Even though I must confess an ignorance when it comes to Physics, I was impressed with the teacher's enthusiasm for the material and her rapport with the students. The classroom featured student projects - tombstones of famous scientists and blinged out periodic element blocks. My favorite touch was the teacher's large collection of Pez dispensers lining the tops of shelves. Very fun!
As an English major, I did feel more at home in the senior English class. They started the session with an SAT review question and discussed test taking strategies. Next was silent reading time (which I was more than happy to participate in), followed by a discussion of Beowulf. The teacher advised the kids to become "active readers" as a way to more fully engage with the text.