Hi. Its cale. I dont say much on here, bu tI thought I would interject for a moment.
My kids, you see, sometimes they ROCK.
I have two official classes. Year one and year two.
Year one is still doing the management thing that i am sure has been mentioned earlier. They are completing assignments in record time (if i had records to compare against) and in record numbers. What I had hoped would happen has happened - students are taking responsibility for the learning of their peers.
It is awesome to watch. I wander aroung and help out here and there, but my students wander more and help more.
My year two class is supposed to be at 'work experience' now. Things got very confusing and as of today only two of them have gone to work. So I gave them a project: make a prize giving brochure. They are almost finished. To be clear, I don't have anything to do with it. I made them choose a director, suggested they choose a designer, and introduced them to 'decision by committee' - then I put my hands in my pockets. They made a bunch of decisions, and now they have (almost) a finished product. They rock.
And then I have two sort of other classes...
I teach one student how to teach (not that I know) and I teach another student how to be a network administrator (also, not that I know).
My Network Administrator kid is super smart. The other day I told him to build a server as an assignment, and he said halfway though "It is easier for me if there is a step by step instructions for how to build a server."
I replied "Ok. write them."
He has written comprehensive instructions for building a server and installing squirrelmail webmail interface so far - we have more how-to's planned.
I have another student that I am training to replace me, so I am trying to teach him teaching. In the past wek he has taken the stuff that I wrote as a programme plan, and written an entire two years worth of weekly plans. He asked me questions about things being very difficult and taking too long, while other things could be covered more quickly.
Anyway - sometimes my kids rock, and that makes me feel like I dont suck.