You know, I’ve written a lot about teaching APUSGOV, and I still don’t think I’ve conveyed what an amazing experience it was, so let me review. My students got a sitting congresswoman to come to class and have a chat. Then they got nine (of twelve) candidates vying to replace her to do the same, and not one left without telling me “Those kids are brilliant.” They showed me that brilliance in class and beyond it. They led a walkout, they met with the governor, they spoke to the press.
They were a one-in-a-million bunch of students.
I bring that up again today because The Principal wrote me a really nice note about them and the work I did as their teacher. I say I was mostly just along for the ride, but I appreciated that he took the time to do that.
I gave World finals (reflective essays, just like the midterms) to two of my four sections of the course. I haven’t graded them yet, but I don’t anticipate anyone did really poorly (I can spot that at a glance). The students said they felt confident about it and I got a bunch of sweet thank you messages. I also got an unexpected and awesome gift. Behold the Death Star plant:
Teaching is cool.