In mid-October Principal Mairi Scott-Aguirre created the opportunity for four teachers to shadow a student for the day. Over the next four days The Talon will run those teacher’s perspectives of that experience.
Today: Part 1 BJ Basinski
Monday: Part 2 Julia Kirkpatrick
Tuesday: Part 3 Tim Roupp
Wednesday: Part 4 Michael Grubar
Thursday: Student Emilee Pease’s experience
Those stupid blue chairs! After sitting through my sixth class, I finally began to understand why my students always want to lean back in their chairs. Those horrible blue chairs are so uncomfortable I almost feel sorry for you students. I was asked if I wanted to shadow a student for a day and I thought it would be an interesting experience. I chose to follow Emilee Pease, a sophomore.
Emilee and I started in Math class, which couldn’t be a worse subject for me. I usually try to avoid the math wing at all costs but was forced to enter Debbie Dube’s room. We completed a review sheet and I think I managed to get one correct answer. Next we were off to Honors English where Vanderpool made me take a quiz about Frida Kahlo (which I don’t think I passed). Next stop was Chemistry before lunch.
At lunch, I acted like a scared freshman and sat with Emilee on the edge of the chaotic cafeteria. I helped sell pumpkins for FBLA then just sat and watched all the groups of students at tables. After lunch it we attended French class. Obviously I had no idea what was going on as I tried to help Emilee study for a quiz the following day. The best part was learning a few bad words in French, which I promptly tried to use on Roweena Poirier.
My day was almost over with a grueling Yoga class where I showed a few surprised students that an out of shape 44-year-old can complete a few yoga moves. I finished my day in A.P. US History learning about Hamilton.
I had a few takeaways from my day shadowing a student. First of all, our teachers do a great job of engaging students. I commented to a lot of people it is difficult to “hide” in the classrooms. I also got a student’s perspective of passing time and think I can appreciate or empathize with my students when they are a few seconds late as there is a lot going on in the hallway, getting to a locker, or finding a bathroom. Overall, I really enjoyed my day as a student at Centennial. The classes were engaging, the teachers were friendly and willingly work with students, and our student body is very accepting of all students – especially one in me that should have graduated from high school a few years ago. Oh, and truly do hate those horrible blue chairs…