Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Week 1
Because I have just started I am still in the process of learning all the students’ names and getting comfortable in the classroom. Mrs. Laconte introduced me to the students as Miss. O’Neil, but they have gotten used to calling me Miss O. Now I am mostly just observing how the classroom is operated and the daily routines. Every day I have been helping Mrs. Laconte by putting all of the students’ “mail” and papers in their “mailboxes” for them to later get and bring home. Also, I have been passing out their “home folders” and going around the classroom to check that they have written their homework correctly every day. Another activity I did this week was I read a short story to the class as a practice for a longer story which I will be reading next week. On Thursday, I helped the students prepare a bingo game of their classmates’ names which they played on Friday.
Week 2
This week I got to try more student interaction, as I have become more comfortable in the classroom. I have learned the daily routines of the teacher and developed my own routine of my every day responsibilities. I did a “read-a-loud”, reading a story focusing on this week’s lesson of space. Also I got the privilege of doing a one on one reading practice with a student. On Tuesday I helped Mrs. Laconte by using the children’s artwork to create the bulletin board outside of her classroom. I still perform my daily duties of helping pass out papers, home folders and checking the student’s daily recordings of their homework assignments.
help them with their daily assignments and assist them with their spelling when I write a word the don’t know how to spell in their spelling books so they can have it for future reference, help kids with computers in computer lab

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Randy Behavior’s poem “Both of Me” shows the duality of the Apollonian and Dionysian sides of humans that was apparent in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Behavior writes in the first 4 lines of his poem, “There are two sides to me, they battle here for supremacy, one mindful and mannered, the other ripe and reinvented,” implying that he is torn between the Apollonian and Dionysian principles. One side of him has the traditional Apollonian traits: reserve, reason, and thought. The other side of him is more like a Dionysian: chaotic, emotional, and sensual. Behavior writes further on in the poem, “Now under your gaze, ashamed, I want to hide this wanton girl away” proving that when he is conflicted between these two personalities he is embarrassed by himself and wants to hide one of his sides. By hiding one of these personalities he feels he can become a person with a single personality. This can be easily related to the part of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when Jekyll is conflicted between himself and Hyde. At this point he is unsure of who he wants to be and struggles to decide which personality to keep and which to discard.
Both of Me by Randy Behavior
There are two sides to me
They battle here for supremacy
One mindful and mannered
The other ripe and reinvented
Happy to be the rangier me
When in, non-coincidence we collide
A delightful game of flirt and flavor
Playing with words and dreaming of skin
But when knowing replaces meeting
Now under your gaze, ashamed
I want to hide this wanton girl away
Search for the purity gone astray
Or would your rather dance with us
Weaving the seeker with the nymph
The educated to the inquisitive
A twirling kaleidoscope of you and we
Perhaps a Tango made for three?