Report from the Field – Michael Elsen-Rooney

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4 thoughts on “Report from the Field – Michael Elsen-Rooney”

  1. Attention, world! More light brought to kids in school!

    Great news. I lost 20 minutes of typing in response to this when I hit submit. I reminded myself to always be safe and copy text before hitting submit, then typed again for 20 minutes. AND THEN FORGOT TO SAVE AGAIN. That’s okay -the important thing already happened in your classroom. I had a very similar experience two weeks ago while being observed by an AP (can anyone say perfect timing?) and in my post-observation conference this week, the AP said he would love to see me present this to my department and to the whole school (uhh…). But it’s not because I’m some sort of great teacher (in fact, I’m downright horrible by most standards). It’s because this method works. The method refuses to bypass kids’ hearts on the way to their brains, and so do we. THEY are the focus. THEY feel good. THEY are acquiring the language. Therefore, THEY are having fun.

    Again, great news….thanks for sharing with all of us. Keep on rockin.

    1. I’ve done that inadvertent erase thing so many times, Greg, so at least you’re not alone. Now I hit control C a lot and then if it is lost – seems to happen once every few weeks – I go to Notepad and hit control V and there is my text. Notepad is very useful that way. Whenever I find myself writing in a comment field like this, now, I just copy as a reflex.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this moment with us Mike!!!
    and Greg, this is golden: ” The method refuses to bypass kids’ hearts on the way to their brains, and so do we. ”

    with love,
    Laurie

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