the kids are working on an essay about whether or not they believe in the inherent goodness of people, in response to reading/acting out The Diary of Anne Frank. it is incredibly sad that from the models and examples in their own lives, their responses are overwhelmingly that they believe in our natural tendency for evil.
after an inspiring discussion in ed psych last night about why we do this work that seems to be impossible (because it matters, because it is part of who i am, because i believe in small change toward larger change, and in devoting my life to activating change, because i believe in my students' ability to shape this world positively), i came here today inspired. 1st and 2nd hour was deflating, but it wasn't their fault. we had to work on an essay for the RESA people that they already did last fall, as an assessment of progress in this interval. i told daniel to move up next to me because he was having a day and he said, "my day is fine, YOU're having a day." which is true. they can read you so easily. my patience is always tried when i'm not fond of what i'm teaching.
but on a more positive note, for national poetry month i put up a fabulous bulletin board. see? and sekou... sigh. i miss my poetry mentor. good luck to the U of M boys in denver tonight -- i wish i could be there to support my brother in the NCAA frozen four.