21 October 2007

The Seedy Underbelly

Last week was Homecoming Week...an event which causes teachers nationwide to collectively groan. I have to say that it wasn't much of a disruption at this school, but maybe that's because I don't run with the glamourous crowd.

At the assembly on Friday afternoon, I knew none of king/queen candidates. The kids who put on the skits were not part of my classes. Ditto for the multimedia support. I watched with this disconnected sense of things. Who were all of these other kids? Were they really part of the school, too? And if I didn't see my students out in front of their peers---how did they feel about the lack of representation? I knew that I had the kids who don't get attention at that school (and these happen to be the ones I like best), but things seemed a bit ridiculous. It's like we are all part of some other school, happily going about our business while some other more public persona is functioning elsewhere in the building. We are the seedy underbelly.

Personally, I don't mind. I have great kids who are starting to thrive with some attention and support. I'm not missing the pretty people. From a teen perspective, however, I'm not sure if this is true. I worry about my young charges and the need to see positive peer models they can identify with...something to connect them to school, not show them how different they are. How do we do that, I wonder?

1 comment:

Hugh O'Donnell said...

There's a country song being played on the radio that talks about the way things used to be in school.

Not everyone made the team, not everyone was popular, but it was okay. That's just the way it was.

And still is.

I was a GDI in school. Born and bred. I saw the "popular" kids enjoy their seasons in the sun, and maybe I even experienced a twinge of envy now and then. But I was too busy being me to sweat the small stuff.

Good teachers who are good role models help a lot. So do good friends.

I do understand your feeling of duality though -- like there's two schools, yours and the other one.