Monday, June 23, 2008

Off to USC

Today's image is not new. It was taken just over two years ago in Yucca Valley. I've always liked to come back and look at this one. It was a long day today so I'm having difficulty coming up with specifics about what I like about this image and why I like it.

While spreading the news about landing a job to my coworkers last Friday, a fellow teacher told me about an upcoming training. The class I was hired to teach is the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) group. As it turns out, the training was for today and tomorrow. Talk about last minute. After some emails and phone calls throughout the weekend I was told to show up at the training location on the campus of USC and hope for a vacancy. USC is not close to home so this was kind of a gamble. I remained hopeful and showed up. They did not enroll me right away. "Go to the first session and come back to see if we had some no-shows." I was told. Eventually I was enrolled. Most of the sessions were good. I feel that they were presenting the material as if they expected all of us to have prior knowledge of the program. Aside from that, I think the training is good and will be very useful as I get into my own classroom this fall.


Carletta said...

Do you remember why you took this photo - what you were thinking at the time?
I'm not sure how I really feel about it. Right now I feel like it says the earth is swallowing me up. I can't get past that. Could be because I'm looking at my blog list and trying to catch up with everyone because I'm so behind and it's almost two o'clock in the morning!
GATE - we had those programs!
What a wonderful opportunity for you. I'm even more excited for you than I was. You'll have great students with great learning skills that WANT to learn. I recommend lots and lots of hands-on
In my experience the best teachers were chosen to teach GATE - yeah Robert!!!

quilly said...

My very first year as a teacher I was given the class later dubbed, "The Fifth Grade From Hell" by the rest of the staff. I had 47 students. Seven of them received Special Ed. services; seven of them received G.A.T.E. services. I learned more that year about classroom management than many teachers get in a lifetime.

You'll love working with the GATE students and they are lucky to have you.

Robin said...

The image gives me a feeling of infinite possibility, but I haven't the faintest idea why. Maybe it's the way it stretches out to the horizon line...

Glad you got into the training. My SIL is a 5th grade GATE teacher and loves it, particularly the way the kids respond when engaged.

PS I couldn't really follow all of this (other than the obvious "it's the filter" part of the conclusion), but this answers your ghosting question and had a lot of tips for photographing the moon or other nighttime shots. Hopefully it will mean more to you than it does to me :-).

Shelly said...

Those kids are so lucky to have you, it's going to be a great year for all of them.

Raven said...

Fascinating image. Evokes the feeling/sense of an earthquake to me, though I'm not sure why. Just a very interesting angle on something that would not usually be photographed. You are perfect for GATE. Glad you got into the training seminar and are enjoying it.

christy said...

Hmm, I think I like this photo because it is visually compelling; the crack draws your eye forcefully along it toward the distant background, but then pulls you back to the focused foreground. And of course it's black and white and macro, which means I love it :)

I'm glad everything worked out with the training. Last minute things can be such a pain, but I'm glad it was a good experience.

And I second what Quilly said: those kids will be lucky to have you!

Anonymous said...

A great photo...very compelling.

Congrats on the new job Robert!