Today's lesson began addressing the narrative essay and specifically how to start writing one. I gave them plenty of ideas for brainstorming along with examples that utilize various approaches for engaging the reader. I know most of these students prefer creative writing so I'm hoping they can have some fun with this essay assignment. Next week we'll continue discissing how to organize the action of their narrative, give vivid descriptions and use concrete language. Before then I have their first assignment in my folder to read: their personal statements. I think I'm hesitant to read them for some strange reason. At least I'm starting to feel comfortable teaching and figuring out who I am as an educator.
I've decided my official pedagogical philosophy is education through exposure. So I'll be using that as I start applying for teaching positions in the fall.
Also, our classroom at the correctional facility is boiling hot (which I guess is better than my freezing cold apartment). We even had to open the windows so we wouldn't die and I still had sweat dripping down my back. It gave a whole new meaning to "hot for teacher".