Above: Section B of Advanced Placement United States History Students (h/t: Alysa Lejeune)
I must admit that I have it good; I teach 4 sections of advanced history courses with students that make an effort to get to know me as much as I get to know them; since my first year of teaching after graduate school in 2000, I have spent a great deal of time outside of the classroom getting to know them. I have hosted cookouts and social gatherings at my home, test reviews and meetings with students on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Starbucks, as well as responded “very slowly” to a number of text messages. Unlike many high schools, each student at Houston Christian has an e-mail account making it easier to contact them; however, students no longer use e-mail….Next year I think I will create a class facebook directory. I must thank my high school history teacher, Mrs. Susan Picken, who first introduced the idea of teacher-student gatherings; it was my senior year in which she invited students to her home for an informal social gathering. Moreover, I saw this trend continue as I went to college and graduate school.
The picture above was taken a month ago as my B section of Advanced Placement United States History gathered at Hannah Turner’s house for a pre-review dinner and a study session. Hannah’s cooking is top notch as she hopes to attend culinary school after earning an undergraduate degree. I spent last night with a number of students at the Turner’s who were hosting a Young Life meeting. Again, dinner was provided by Hannah.