Saturday, February 12, 2011

Biting the bullet...

Bullet to Bite On I

Did it...yup, bit the bullet, plunged in, soared off, let go, jumped into the fire...

Finally decided that after many years of thinking, examining, discussing everything I have read, heard, or witnessed, that it was time to put up or shut up.

I started the semester without a course outline.

There, said it...

Wow, put that way, those words, I started the semester without a course outline, sound rather innocuous; really no big deal, just stared my ELA 30-1 grade twelve class with nothing concrete, ya, we make it up as we go along, no outline to hand in, sorry boss...why, yes, I'd love to look for another job...all fears of professional repercussions aside, I strongly believe that this road I am on is one I am meant to follow, and that the time has indeed come to stop talking and just do it.

This "being prepared to not be prepared"(see Scott Kemp) has been a fantastic experience for me so far! Each day for the last two weeks, I have responded to the needs of the students, and together we have identified what the focus of the next class should be.

I will endeavor to continue to record this experience, in the hopes that reflections in July will confirm that this notion, while crazy, was beneficial to all stakeholders.