I am sitting in a lil cabin in Sacramento listening to some of my students in the other room having bunk bed girl talk. The guys are in the next cabin over with another teacher. We are on an overnight college trip. I envisioned this trip last year and feel very satisfied that we are actually on it, but as with most things, what I am getting out of it is not what I expected. I knew I would love to hear them laughing and joking on the drive over, I knew I would see their eyes light up as they walked amongst the UCDavis students, but I didn't realize how little time I have spent this year just listening to these kids and getting to know them. It has been so nice all day to just hang out with them and not have some sort of master lesson plan agenda! Spending time with students when they are experiencing memorable moments like these is a gift for sure. I am totally tired from all the walking today, but at the same time rejuvenated by the brightness of their futures.
A-ha: I need to ask more questions of my students and sit down with them more often. I am very personable with my kids, but I haven't really delved too much this year.
Reminder: People are fascinating, complex, creative human beings- teenagers too!