I am teaching 8th graders, they are too cool to be funny yet, but I still love them A LOT... so you will have to wait another week for a real story from the class
BUT... today is an anniversary of sorts that has a huge impact on the 5 W's of how I want to teach.
4 years ago today I met a group of people that at first glance seemed to be all sorts of wrong.
the female engineer,
the punk kid,
the sorority girl,
the guy that wore a shirt reading "this is why I'm HOT",
the guy who brought his homework,
the girl who when she finally spoke used words like scandalous to describe her past,
the girl who was was a mohawk, the indian, not the haircut,
the guy who showed up in a suite,
the guy who BLEW UP A CAR??,
and the slightly too enthusiastic girl who talked A LOT ( cough cough, yours truly),
and two AMAZING people who looked at this unique group of people and wondered how in the HECK was this going to work...
We were all part of a organization called MSC FISH
( stands for Freshman In Service and Hosting)
a freshman leadership organization here at A&M
dedicated to "providing leadership opportunities aimed at enhancing its members purpose and identity by engaging in community service and program development on campus and within the community." ( Mission Statement of FISH)
There is the big organization and then 10 smaller groups known as schools ( get it like schools of FISH, funny? yes) My group known as Toasty Treats (described above) I never in my wildest dreams would have thought that these twelve people would
a. become some of my best friends
b. would teach me more in college than all of my classes combined.
So on to those 5 W's and how Toasty Treats 0r T^2 influenced them
1. Who: Who I want to teach, if you re-read the description of the people above you will see an immense amount of diversity with in this group. These people taught me how to appreciate, accept and cherish diversity. ALL of these people taught me to not judge a book by its cover, for instance the guy who blew up the car and the "punk kid" and the "this is why I'm HOT" kid, are some of the most brilliant people I know!
( btw way I think all toasty is brilliant but these are the ones who didn't look brilliant when we all first met)
2. What: What I want to teach, one very special friends and fellow Toasty, happened to be majoring in the subject that I was minoring in, history! Her never ending search for knowledge and intense amount of dedication fueled my desire to reach and extend my knowledge allowing me to develop my love of history further!
3. Where: My Toasty Mama or the Assistant Director who was technically "in charge" is one of the most influential people in my life both personally and as a teacher. Through her desire to serve, her pursuit of social justice and her caring nature she answered the call to teach where she was need most. She is a teacher at YES! Prep (see post here). She has inspired me to teacher where I am needed and to teach the student who need good teachers the most.
4.When: They made college bearable with our awesome study parties and late nights in the annex! aka I somehow made it through college in 4 years!
5: Why: Each one of these people has inspired me in their own way to teach. The time I have spend learning to lead, learning to serve and learning to love with these people has shaped the way I will approach a classroom. I thank each and everyone of them for teaching me such valuable lesson about life!
** these 12 people aren't the only ones who had an impact on me but in honor of our 4 year anniversary they get a shout out! **
"we pop like toast, yeah were the most, we're TOASTY TREATS"