In English, we do things a little different if you haven’t noticed. We don’t have the typical English class feel and we don’t do the things how other teachers do things. We do things Theriault style. We have innovation projects, Twitter chats, blogs, Brain Fuel, and BRAWLs. We go in to class every day having no idea what to expect or if we’ll be doing anything school related that day. It can be pretty awesome. This is one of those things we do that is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. This is the BRAWL.
The other day in class we took a little quiz. Well, we thought it was a quiz and had a mini panic attack because we had no idea that there was going to be one. Long story short, it wasn’t a quiz on The Count of Monte Cristo at all, but a quiz for ourselves. We were asked what made us mad about our families, school, and ourselves. Not your average English activity, right? We weren’t going to turn them in and no one was going to see them; it was just for us. Well, I got a little too absorbed in this activity and as I was reflecting, I actually got in to such a bad mood that I had to stop and think about why I was so angry. I’m weird, I know. Anyway once we had written all the things that had made us mad, we had to go back and write what we could to fix it. So here is what I wrote in a rather large nutshell:
The most common sentence you’ll hear a teenager say to their parent about school is, “You don’t understand.” And it’s completely true. Adults don’t know everything. They may think they do, or act like they have all the knowledge in the world, but they don’t. I’m tired of them saying that they would rather go to school every day than work. Yes, school can be fun and enjoyable, but that’s only at the elementary level, where you spent hours painting and playing house, with occasional lessons on the ABCs. High school is another story.
“‘Speak now or forever hold your peace’
There’s the silence, there’s my last chance
I stand up with shaking hands
All eyes on me”