It's a good question--a fair question. What the heck are those teachers doing while you are working your tails off at a worksite? This blog (or #hthiseniorteachers) should help to clue you in a bit.
In the first few days, we have been supporting those with projects. Jeremy is working with a group of muralists, Dr. Don is with a large group at Thinkabit, and I have been meeting with a group who is working to build our school a tiny library and our resident writers. Yup, that’s right. Three of your peers will be writing a novel this month. Pretty awesome, right?
What I love about this month is being able to see you all work to create cool things in spaces that we simply do not have here in this school. I got to visit Marquez, who will be crafting short, funny skateboarding films--as only Marquez can--with the guidance of a mentor who treats him as an equal. I get to see Jordan G. tear apart (and eventually put back together) computers. I am eager to see the short films that Lisee, D’Artagnan, Hayden, & Alec are writing and producing. Roberto is writing music for a children’s play; John and Tyler are making surfboards. You are doing the stuff that I know you love to do--but you have four weeks to submerse yourselves in it. I feel privileged to watch and guide you along the way.
So, that’s pretty much my job. I want to encourage you, help you get unstuck when you are stuck, and help you to capture the process along the way. I’ll take pictures during my site visits and try to give you pointers on how to really capture what you are doing in a manner that shows prospective employers, scholarship givers, & mentors what you got. You might not have AP classes or a million college credits, but you know how to dig deep into something you love in order to create something new.
Maybe I sound mushy-gushy. But, I do believe in you. I always see remarkable things happen during this time for those who seize the opportunity. And it changes them.
In the meantime, of course, your senior teachers will be doing other things... We need to finish your grades and comments, after all. I’d like to start getting to know the juniors (incoming seniors!) and help out in the eleventh-grade humanities classes. I’m also hoping to revamp the library in my classroom. (I'm loving having students from other grades come in and ask to be "book-matched.") We will be project-planning for next year. But, first and foremost, we’re still here for YOU--cheering you on and excited to see what you do with your one wild and precious life.