It's a fun class. Today I biked to the Park and Ride, put my bike on the bike rack at the front of the bus, then rode on to class. There was one rough spot where I had to bike it on a 45 mph four-lane divided road. I think I know how to avoid that next time. Supposed to rain tomorrow, so I'm not going to try. Since today was an "Ozone Alert", I rode for 50 cents one way, instead of the usual $2.50. Not bad. And a total of about 12 miles of biking in one day is nothing to sneeze at, either.
The class itself is wonderful. The teacher, Dr. Amy Wintermantel, is extremely knowledgeable, as well as entertaining. We covered a lot of basics today, and I thought I'd share some things she said:
When addressing a child who is misbehaving, try saying this: "O.K., Susan. You wanted my attention. You've got it."
"Are the decisions I'm making and the actions I'm taking getting me closer to the person I want to be, or further away...?"
"Meet [students] at the door with what they've got and do everything possible to take them where they need to be."
A former student speaking to her, "You helped me to understand my choices [in life]."
"Don't be part of the circle that marks a student as 'that kid, the one with the problems.' "
When a student/teacher relationship starts off badly, "Can we just start over? I love stories that end happily ever after, and I want this to be one of them."
I'd love to be able to write more about it, but my alarm is set for 6:15 a.m., and that is less than seven hours away. I've finished my homework, and started Roblogging about it, so I guess that will have to do.