Friday, October 10, 2008

Spring Woods High School - Houston

What a great week I had at Spring Woods High School in Houston. The kids, staff and administration I worked with couldn’t have been more accommodating.

Every school I go to has a personality. The teachers and students may or may not be aware of this – the old forest for the trees analogy – because they are so close to the situation. If I had to describe Spring Woods in one word I would have to say kindness. Not in a sappy doe eyed kinda way, but more like a basic respect for each other’s dignity.

Don’t get me wrong, the kids were no way above some good natured ragging on each other but it was obvious these barbs were free of spite. They weren’t perfectly quiet while I was teaching but they were engaged. They weren’t a bunch of goodie two shoes, they were a bunch of real teens and they were all willing to give me a chance, and I don’t ask for any more than that. I really think we made some connections this week. Kudos to the pupils and staff I got to know. I want to give a special shout out to the ESL crew, you taught me well.

P.I.P.E.S - in Spanish!

Working on Memoir


Yes, Texas football players can write poetry.

Poetry in motion.

The ESL posse.


Kelly W. said...

YAY!!! I'm so glad it was a successful week!

Ramona said...

Good for people to know.

michael salinger said...

Hey Ramona,

Nice to hear from you - I really did enjoy my time with your class.