Yesterday, I had an amazing day. I spent it at Surrey Christian Middle School for a one day TWU Education observation. By the time the day was done, I was wishing it could be more than one day. It's a strange feeling to be back at your middle school, see your picture on the wall and realize how far you have come. And yet, kind of beautiful at the same time.
During the day I sat in classrooms, wrote notes about how they taught, drew the layout of their classrooms (best part, because I would mark down "random Micheal Jordan Poster" and the like). I found it fascinating how different teachers can run a classroom with such diverse methods and yet still be effective. On the breaks, we sat in the staff room - which was pretty surreal. I was such a keener, that I even ran the hot lunch. (Picture me, carrying huge bags of Pizza to classrooms...yikes)
The current principal (Jon Bron) was my grade seven teacher, so he pretty much made fun of me all day. I realized that I have a great deal of nostalgia attached to that place, and fond memories. I am so thankful that places in my heart also still exist in the real world. It's as great of a school as it used to be. Probably the best legacy of me in that place - I made in onto the school brochure - steering a sailing boat! Ay, ay captain.
All in all, a fantastic day - and it made me realize: I just might be able to do to this. The teachers were so young, fun and had a great sense of humor. I hope I work in a school like that one day.