Wow. There was the opportunity for me to sub in IB English and I took it. First, for those of you who don’t know, IB is International Baccalaureate. If a student passes the IB exam, they get a TON of college credits. It is a really big deal. It is different from AP (Advanced Placement) in that it is an entire program, not individual subjects. Second, these are the smart, hard-working kids.
That make it very different from my regular classes. Not that I don’t love my students, I do. But sometimes it is nice to have kids who can work independently and follow directions. AND they do a good job.
The lesson plan was to have the kids read their poems (related to the book they are reading and done in pairs) aloud in class and explain their thinking when they were writing the poem and the motif or theme they used in their poem. All I can say is WOW.
I didn’t really understand their poems, mostly because I haven’t read the novel they were discussing; The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. But it was fun listening anyway. I kept the kids moving along and called for the next group, but I didn’t really do anything.
Next, they were to read in their novel and discuss with a partner or small group some questions regarding the reading. This was all done independently. There were only a few questions and they were things like, can I go get my instrument from the band room? Nothing regarding the novel, although I did warn them that I didn’t read it.
The volume was a bit loud, but not chaotic loud, discussion loud. They were working and discussing and enjoying themselves. It was nice. I didn’t have to rein anyone in. I didn’t have to say all that much. It was a really nice change of pace. I got some grading done and I had the time to write this post.
It was a really nice way to end my day. And I figure that after the Woodworking Classes, I deserved an easy time subbing!