Hello and happy Saturday. I’m in that weird mood in which I basically want to share all about my new job, and I swear there’s a post coming up specifically about how I got it and how I’ve felt about it.
Today I want to talk to you about an activity I did on my first day, which wasn’t the first day of class. My students had had a different teacher for almost the entire school year, but she quit and I came along to replace her. I feel that this is a very difficult position to be in, especially when teaching high school, which is what I came to teach because students will compare you to the person who was before you, they will want things done a certain way, but they will also take the opportunity to try and change the things they don’t.
Because I was literally thrown into class without having done any planning, I decided we should do, for that first class, a sort of introductory activity. I needed to learn my students’ names, of course, but I also wanted to know how things had worked before. I specifically wanted to know the things they did and liked, or the things they wished we could do in class, as well as those things they didn’t like.
I gave each student a piece of paper and told them two draw a happy face and a sad face, and told them what I just explained about what I wanted to know. Now, and I think this is something important that all teachers need to know: I didn’t make any promises I didn’t know I could keep. I couldn’t tell them we would be done using the reading platform because that was something that belonged to the curriculum and I couldn’t just remove it.
What the activity gave them, however, was a possibility to let me know about their learning styles, about the objectives and expectations they had regarding English class, as well as the things they didn’t really like about it. That activity helped me shape my classes in a way that was more comfortable for my students, and that could explore that variety of styles.
In the comments below tell me one thing you liked and one thing you didn’t from one of your classes in high school.
Love, Miss Camila