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John Darnell
Hernando, MS
The son of a teacher and a crop duster.
Interests: Jesus, preaching, teaching, learning, growing, being a good husband, and serving others.
Recent Activity
My MTC experience? God-ordained. Difficult. Frustrating. Necessary. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at John Darnell's blog
In parts I and II, we discussed what Jesus endured and how Jesus served. As I mentioned in the first post, many of the participants in MTC come from high achieving backgrounds. My class has one participant that graduated from Yale University. The class that came in behind me has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at John Darnell's blog
In Part I, we discussed how the mistreatment of teachers is essentially nothing compared to what Jesus endured. Thank God He did not give up on us. October 22nd, 2010-North Panola’s Homecoming. I awoke way before my normal time of 5:15 so that I could arrive early at school. My... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at John Darnell's blog
When anyone applies to MTC, he/she (I’m going to use the singular pronoun “he” for simplicity) must be of a certain “caliber.” Not to say that he is “better” than anyone else, but he has to have accomplished much in his young years to justify being one of the few... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at John Darnell's blog
Looking back…. Was that painful or what? Actually, it was not painful to look back over the blogs. It was funny to see the optimism of what needed to happen or what needed to change. The social commentary was hilarious. I had forgotten some of the things happened that I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2011 at John Darnell's blog
Mis estimados profesores de primer año, I know you. You are probably not from Mississippi nor have spent much time in Mississippi. You may even exercise often. I was in the greatest shape of my life when I graduated college in 2009. I was young, beautiful, and just married. You... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at John Darnell's blog
When I was in college, my dad proposed the idea of me getting my pilot’s license. WOW! It was like a dream come true. I grew up the son of an ag pilot, and I always wanted to learn how to fly just like dad. However, the opportunity had not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at John Darnell's blog
Ever since I reflected on whether someone should or should not join MTC last year, I have had the opportunity to use those essays various times when someone emails me about joining the program. I just went back and read my essay about why someone should not join MTC, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at John Darnell's blog
Being a teacher, it is not easy to answer the question “What would you cut?” Many in the field of education always head to the teachers to find something to cut from them. Sometimes, school districts cut resources. Other times, it is an issue of cutting pensions or raising health... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at John Darnell's blog
While looking through the portfolios, I had a lot of interesting sensations running through my body. Stress came from thinking of the looming deadlines for my own portfolio. Excitement flew through my mind at the thought of only 16 more weeks of teaching!!! It was also very neat to explore... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at John Darnell's blog
Why did I decide to stay? When I applied for MTC, I planned on being at my school for at least two years. If I liked it, I would stay even longer. My first year at North Panola was greeted with many challenges. Our Principal decided not to come back... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
For consistency sake, I will just take a random day from this point in the school year last year and compare it with this year. The way I operated changed drastically throughout the school year and continues to change, so I will compare one day last week with a typical... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
Mark 10:45- For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Homecoming at North Panola is quite the affair. During the week of homecoming, we have themed spirit days in which the kids dress up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
Answering the questions for the first years— What would you have done differently in year one? Of the many things that I would have done differently, I think being less uptight would have helped a great deal. Though being very serious about making it through the curriculum is important, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
The memory verses that I am diving into this week deal with being steadfast. Throughout this experience, I have learned that being strong, or steadfast, in my faith is the only way I will make it. The strength of the Lord is all I need. I remarked to Josh Smith... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
My biggest surprise this year has been the ability of these kids. I made a false assumption when I thought these kids wouldn't be able to perform at the level they needed to in order to learn the language. I figured that years of bad education would be the obstacle... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
WOW! There is a ton of stuff that I could say about this book. Payne does an amazing job of discussing the problems and difficulties caused by poverty. I believe that Payne is dead on with her assessment of those who live in poverty. Growing up in the Mississippi Delta,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
Classroom management is just plain hard. Though I had a pretty good day on Friday to finish up the week, classroom management has just been a pain in the butt so far. Trying to figure out a procedure to take care of everything (pencil sharpening, tissue, etc) is tedious. In... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
The Map Scroll's blog post about whether or not some of the states in the US are on the same Human Development level as some 3rd world countries was rather interesting. Most interesting, was the one state that fell into the lowest category (see in yellow below): WOW! My state... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
Hazing. It is a fact of life. When I was in 7th grade, I had to carry the water for the football team during away games. When I was in 9th grade, I was pegged with footballs during high school football practice. When I was a senior, I made fun... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
When I first read the blurb about this assignment, I was a little confounded as to about what I would be writing. What has happened that is positive? What has been a success in the classroom? After thinking for a couple of days, I want to focus on a success... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
Arnie Duncan's speech at Columbia University was not anything revolutionary, and as a political science undergrad, that is what I expect from politicians. Though his speech was not revolutionary, he touched on some points that I would like to agree with. Field experience and alternate route programs are the ones... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
"We get educated out of creativity." ---Ken Robinson When he mentioned this, I was greatly interested. He already had captivated his audience by using humor, but he struck a nerve in me on this one. Many times, I am a "cut the crap" or "straight laced" kind of guy. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
I hear the bell a ringin’ It’s 7:41 again I never want to see my first period ever again I’m stuck in North Panola, Because of teacher corps. I know for sure, I don’t want teach no more. When I was just a baby, My momma told me son. You... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at John Darnell's blog
Back in 2004, I prayed that God would enhance my character. I was about to enter my senior year of high school, and I wanted to follow Him more closely. I wanted to be a better witness. Over the next year or so, a stream of bad happenings came to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at John Darnell's blog