Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Middle Ages - Check Your Humors!

If you find yourself teaching Canterbury Tales, doing a fly-by of Middle Ages literature, King Arthur, or just want to start class off with a little something different, then Try out this online quiz to see what your humors are.


I have been going through my filing cabinet (yes, I'm old enough to still have quite a bit of my lessons in the filing cabinet) and trying to purge multiple copies of things.  I ran across this find your humor quiz that I have no memory of ever seeing before.  Most likely I stole it off of some other teacher that has impacted my life in some way shape or form (I'm betting Ms. Tyndall or Mrs. Brock).  Anyway, I have no idea what workbook they got it from since that part did not photocopy.  It also have no explanation of what the humors were.  

So I put it the questions in an online personality quiz generator (uquiz.com) and did a little research to give what each humor means, what it says about their personality, their looks, and whatnot.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Beowulf Characters Visualized

 I am a visual learner and it helps me to see the character interactions laid out.  Here are the characters of Beowulf laid out for your students:

I think I got them all!  Did I miss someone?

I have it on this Google doc if you wish to have an easy to print version.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

New Teacher? Read This!

If you know a new teacher or a student teacher, you may want to think about sharing this with them.  This is the perfect metaphor for a teacher's first year.

It follows the opening to the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, perhaps the finest movie ever made. Shakespeare would have been proud to produce this movie.

If you haven't seen it, take the time to watch it now:

Best. Movie. Ever.

Now, getting that elusive first job is akin to Indiana Jones getting the idol.  What we didn't see in that clip was all the booby traps that he had to by pass to get to the idol to begin with.  He's confident and a bit smug.  "I got this!"  That's the first week of school.

Then all hell breaks loose.

You noticed that the cave started to fall apart, so Indiana Jones quickly just decides to cut out of there, but he forgot about all the darts in the sides of the wall shooting at him, so he runs like heck.

Your first discipline problem.  But you'll survive it, just like he did.  That's when the betrayal hits.

By betrayal, I'm not meaning anything major, just the realization that not all teachers in that department or school agree and there are some bitter ones there that will resent your youthful idealization (mainly because it reminds them of better days when they had that youthful idealization - lesson to learn - do become like those guys).

You'll survive it, maybe even see them get theirs.  It is the mid course break and you think you have it mastered.  Indiana Jones did too.  That's when the ball started rolling.  He runs to keep ahead of the ball until he leaps out of the tomb just in time.

You'll feel that ball.  You'll feel that you are so busy grading and going to workshops that you can barely stay up with the planning.  You will do everything you can to stay one step ahead of the ball and at exam time, you'll be leaping through the exit.

After catching your breath, you'll be ready to try it again.  This time it will be easier.  By your fifth time, you won't even noticed the ball.  By your tenth time, you're doing it with your eyes shut.

This is not meant to scare a new teacher, but instead to give them peace of mind.  Too often that new teacher thinks that it's just them.  It is helpful to know that it happens to us all.  Remember, you are being put into a job as a first year teacher and expected to do the same job as a thirty-five year veteran.