- We began class by reading aloud some of the paragraphs the students posted on the blog in response to an essay and poems we read recently. Their task was to compare and contrast the perspective of the parents from the literature. We discussed a few of the paragraphs, which were very thorough and insightful.
- We talked about the inevitability that each of these students will one day surpass their parents in an intellectual way. That does not mean they will become ‘smarter’ than their parents, but they will learn about some area of study in their future studies that their parents will likely be unaware of. Each student will choose a future profession that will very possibly be different from the one of their parents, thereby causing a slight separation between the two mentally.
- This discussion was an intro to the story we were to read next titled “The Broken Globe” about a man who grew up in Alberta with a father who was raised to believe what his religion told him and nothing more. In school, this boy learned that the world was round and the earth rotated around the sun, which was directly contrary to what the father was raised to believe and held firmly to. This separation between the two in understanding and beliefs led to a greater distance between the two emotionally as well. We were able to finish the story, discuss it briefly, and began questions when the bell interrupted us. Students are to have those questions finished for next class.
- I will not be in class on Monday when students have two classes in the afternoon. They will be watching a video titled The Emperor’s Club with Kevin Klein in it. They will soon do an assignment with the movie as the base. I’m sure they’ll enjoy it.
[kml_flashembed movie="http://youtube.com/v/FGmK59lqRWo" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]The boy in the clip who exits the bathroom is the son of the man who is confronting his former teacher. He talks about worrying about what contribution he’ll give to the world “later” after he’s done what’s necessary to accomplish much in life. Except his son has just heard him confess to being a liar and a cheat. Consider from this what encompassed the idea of a “contribution” from individuals – it is not simply their actions or accomplishments, it is also the potential they pass on for the future. (I really like this movie because I relate a lot to Klein’s character and his purpose in teaching.)
- We began class by rereading a portion of the essay titled “Goalie”. We discussed it briefly and then looked at the questions in detail. There were some really insightful and developed responses from the students.
- We talked about the idea that a parent has to realize, at some point, that their child is alone and that they as a parent are unable to be there for their child as they may like. I shared with them the idea that a parent and child can be walking in a line, side by side, but eventually that child grows and starts widening that gap between themselves and the parent and, at some point, may try to venture off in a whole different direction, no longer walking alone side or parallel to their parent. But, from personal experience, I can share that they may find, one day, that they subconsciously walk back towards that line the parent walks and may find they walk again beside their parents, as a friend this time, though, and not as a child. Life is an interesting journey. Looking to the future and anticipating what it may bring is an interesting task.
- We looked at two poems from the perspective of fathers who find their children have become a disappointment. We studied the two poems on the overhead as students made comments on their own copies. We discussed questions concerning the first poem and were cut off by the bell.
- Students were asked, before they left, to consider the essay “Goalie” and one of the two poems we looked at. They are to compare and contrast the father’s from each and in a paragraph write how they are similar and how they are different. I requested that they write their paragraph (make it a proper paragraph with topic sentence and supporting details ) in a word document, proof read and spell check it, and then paste it into the homework blog under this entry. We will share their perspectives and thoughts together when we have finished.
- Their essay is due tomorrow but I will receive them until Friday.
On a side note, I shared with the students a story I was reminded of through out discussions today. It was a time when my father asked me to do something he thought was right, though it killed me and I was utterly embarrassed. I hated that he made me do this thing, and though it means little now, it was one of those moments where a parent really tries to teach their child the right way, be it tough on child and parent or not! It was an emotional story, but I am glad I was able to share it with the students. And I love my dad still!!
- Students came prepared and unprepared, for some, to discuss the questions assigned. We shared a few stories about people we knew who had suffered through traumas or physically challenging experiences but endured. I have to admit, after this past weekend cheering on the Sr Volleyball team that I am lacking sleep, still, and started laughing during the telling of a really sad and unfortunate story told by Brian. Sleep deprivation will do that, I guess. lol The students got a laugh but we got back on track and talked about the seriousness of our topic.
- Students began watching the video with Daniel Day Lewis where he plays the main character of the story, My Left Foot, which is also the title of the story we just finished reading, part of a autobiography written by the author.
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