Today Kruger gets to do his “rock-star thing” with the electric guitar. Teaching for him is always an exploration of techniques that will allow him to make that kind of contact. Tomorrow we will correct the homework and do a practice test for Unit 4B. Kruger answers that question with two of his own. I personally cannot imagine anything better. See if you can beat Madame Butler’s score.
During the last period, Kruger teaches Macbeth to another Grade 11 class. This week the students planned a peer-teaching unit and researched their areas of expertise. Kruger answers that question with two of his own. Now the one-storey concrete school has grown considerably, with many additional classrooms, a new gym and a round meeting room decorated with a collection of dazzling quilts and boasting a foot round oak table , all built in the early s. Now he reflects on his day and teaching in general. More if you need it. Marianne Butler’s Classroom Home.
The students sing and hear a report from some who went to a summer youth meeting. What makes a good teacher? Today Kruger gets to do his “rock-star thing” with the electric guitar.
Teaching for him is always an exploration of techniques that will allow him to make that kind of contact. During his next class he gives his OAC students three choices for how to go about studying King Lear: Tomorrow we will correct the homework and do a practice test for Unit 4B. We made up a schedule of hokework for the next couple of weeks. More if you need it.
Another is about his pet peeves in essay writing, like never saying “in this essay,” or “in conclusion” or “firstly” and “secondly” and “thirdly. The quiz leads easily into a discussion of some of the major themes of Macbeth and the kids are totally absorbed by the text now.
Kruger himself went to Rockway when his father was principal in the s and there were 76 students. They talk about the reversal of the natural order, the nature of fate and the nature of evil. I was a real classical music snob. Electric guitar chords blast through the airy auditorium as Charles Kruger rehearses some Nashville-style hymns. The cillegiate will come later.
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Only two classes of French this week due to the Peace Festival on Wednesday. This week the students planned a peer-teaching unit and researched their areas of expertise. Now, the school is again “bursting at the seams,” says Kruger, and so he teaches all his classes in Portable 6.
We reviewed the first three pages of the Unit 7 package. But before they do, Kruger delivers a couple of the quick “impassioned speeches” that he sprinkles throughout all his lessons.
This morning, the Grade 11s are studying Macbeth.
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The rest come from a variety of backgrounds: Within a minute or two, he declares it a wrap, packs up his guitar and heads off to his portable classroom where he teaches Colllegiate 11 and OAC English. This was the last material for Unit 4B. He drags in themes, characters, language and prods everyone towards a deeper appreciation of Shakespeare. He also does a “little writing speech” where he tells his students how moved he was by the essays they wrote in response to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on September See if you can beat Madame Butler’s score.
But he does retain some old-fashioned teaching notions. Over the years, that style has loosened to allow for more interaction with his students, the kind of interaction that leads to the intellectual engagement he seeks.
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I personally cannot imagine anything better. Congratulations to all those who led the sessions. At least 10 minutes. To go with the flow means I have to always be alert as opposed to following a script I made up yesterday or last year.