Summer vacation has come and gone once again.
“I mean, summer just, I don’t know where the heck it went. It was gone in a flash,” DLB High School english teacher, Susan Guldborg said.
As students have back-to-school checklists to complete, their teachers do too.
Guldborg said she’s “just checking to make sure that I have all my ducks in a row.”
It’s her 26th year of teaching, but a new school year brings change every time.
For instance, rearranging her classroom, or updating her policies — like rules regarding cell phones.
“I bought a little box at Hobby Lobby and they’re going to put it in there when they walk in, and they’ll get it when they walk out,” she said. “I just, like I said I’m old school.”
A rule like that just might help with student engagement, and for Guldborg’s colleague down the hall, he’s also looking for the the best ways to engage with his students.
“It’s not one size fits all, every student learns differently. No two students are alike. So you have to do a few different things to ensure that all the students are wanting to learn. And if you do it right, they don’t know they’re wanting to learn. You do it like ninja style,” Bob Schwartz, DLB’s social sciences teacher, said.
As Schwartz prepares for his second year at DLB by researching topics and finding relevant activities, he and Guldborg said they’re both interested to connect with their students on a personal level.
“I look forward to seeing my students again. I haven’t seen them in three months, that’s a long time. I want to know what they’ve done in those three months, how they’ve changed,” Schwartz said.