edu180atl: ross peters 8.16.12
As I took my first thing in the morning walk through each building this morning, I found just what I was looking for—the chance to talk with colleagues about students and teaching. It should not be news that successful teachers are fascinating people; rather the headline should be that their fascination and engagement with the world finds the perfect location in the classroom and its perfect manifestation in engagingstudents. Science teachers provide my favorite examples of this.
Science teachers can barely contain themselves when they describe what they love about their subject. Ask a physics teacher how he or she fell in love with the subject, and you are likely to hear to a story that still amazes them about the first time they encountered the Atwood Machine. They speak as if they still can’t believe their luck has been so good as to grant them a life that allows such easy access to their favorite intellectual playground.
Perhaps science teachers intrigue me because while I share their love of teaching, my chosen playground is the English classroom. It is the difference between us that allows me to see the truth we share. At the end of my walk this morning, I spoke with two biology teachers who were headed outside to collect samples for a lab.
“I bet you get to collect samples for English class everyday too,” one said smiling.
“Absolutely, I grab some metaphors from the garden everyday.”
Here’s to teachers! Happy new school year!
Ross teaches 11th Grade English and is HS Principal at The Westminster Schools. twitter: @jrosspeters; blog: http://jrosspeters.wordpress.com