Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chapters 9&10

"Gang, as your teacher, as the person responsible for stuffing knowledge into your porous little brains, I am ordering you to believe that those men are going to the moon" 
I like this quote because Conroy is explaining to the kids that things are possible. They think that the moon is too far away to go to. It kind of relates to the children of Yamacraw having big dreams for their future. 

Chapter nine was very influential as a teacher. I think that we as teachers must be able to think like a child/student. A teacher needs to know how to create lessons and activities that students will learn from but also enjoy. I think that Conroy displays this a lot throughout his book. He does not teach by the book of from the book which many teachers seem to do. He does not cut corners with teacher and puts his whole heart into teacher his students. I feel as though some teachers do not have the passion for teacher which is almost necessary in order for students to learn the most they can. Chapter nine and ten show how passionate Conroy is as a teacher. He allows his students to sleepover at his personal home which shows that he truly cares for his students. He comforts some of his students during the sleepover because they are scared of ghost. He knows how to work with children and make them turn their fears into laughter, which is awesome. It was cool to hear about the Yamacraw people having a fear for ghost. I know that it is common with most cultures but it is more of a major deal in Yamacraw. I wish I could find a man like Conroy around Pembroke. I think that he is one of the most compassionate people I have ever read about. Conroy is an also an exceptional teacher because he takes his students on many field trips, which is what the children of Yamacraw need. Conroy lets them experience things that on the island they cannot do. I think meeting people such as famous basketball stars can really help influence his student’s dreams for the future. Conroy gives hope for the children of Yamacraw to get off the island and do whatever they dream to do. I hope to be half as good of a teacher as Conroy.