Teachers Lounge - A Public Event that Leads to Understanding
Years ago, one of my students came bursting into my room before going to her Spanish class. She said, “Quick, Mr. Barlow! Come down to Sra. Throneberry’s class.
She is doing a striptease.” I didn’t go to Sra. Throneberry’s class. Jane Throneberry has been one of my dearest friends for decades. I didn’t know what she was working on in class, but I did know that she was demonstrating something about Spanish and not about her torso. I also knew that if I went to her room, I could expect to see her coat and maybe shoes and who knew what else flying through the air. Jane was a treasure, and her students knew it. How could any kid not love the sheer joy and
inventiveness that characterized her instruction? Homework assignments
she handed out were likely to ask students to translate sentences from the Simpsons (‘Don’t have a cow, man’) or items from the news or from pop culture.
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