No Child Left Behind

Here’s the latest comic to be part of the new teacher project. You can read the story below the comic. It certainly gives new perspective to “No Child Left Behind.” Show your support for 180Dayz project here: http://tinyurl.com/180DayzTeacherBook

“I was teaching Honors Physics to a class of mostly seniors. I thought it would be a good experience for them to get a taste of what college would be like so I contacted my physics professor from Boston College (I had just graduated from BC a few years prior) to see if I could bring them to the school to sit in on a lecture. The details were worked out and a fieldtrip was established. The day of the trip we found ourselves running late and had to traverse across the campus as quickly as possible in order to make it to the lecture engagement on time. If you have never been to Boston College before it is important to note that it the campus is nicknamed “The Heights” for a good reason- it is basically one huge hill! I lead my class through the climb of innumerable stairs, running past various buildings, until we arrived at the specified lecture hall. We got seated just before the lecture was to begin and I breathed a heavy sigh that was a mix of relief and exhaustion. Aaahh… However, this moment of calm was not to last long, for as I took a head count I came to the unsettling discovery that two of my students were missing! I felt my heart beating through my chest, not from physical exertion as before with the trek across campus, but now due to panic. I left the rest of my students seated in the lecture and rushed out to search for the two that were missing. Thankfully I found them within moments and brought them in to join the rest of the group. As you can imagine, at the time this experience was quite frightening, but reflecting upon it now I find it a bit funny and believe a new teacher can learn a valuable lesson from it. Always, always, always, no matter how much is going on or what pressures are pressing you at the time, take a moment to reflect on the current situation and ensure that all is in order as it should be. Developing this habit as part of your teaching practice will help ensure that even the most minute of details will not slip past your awareness, such as the fact that you are missing two of your students!”

Karyn Townsend

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