Hello and happy Saturday. Today I’m going to be answering the High School Teacher Tag, so I’m not going to make this intro super long. Let’s get started, shall we?
1. How many years have you been teaching?
This is my third official year as a school teacher.
2. What grades/classes have you taught?
I’ve taught pre-k and kindergarten English and science, first grade English, and ninth and tenth grade English.
3. What are you currently teaching?
Trick question. actually, because right now I’m on vacation. For the purposes of this post, though, I’ll say I teach ninth and tenth grade English.
4. How many students in your classes?
26 to 31. I had 111 students total.
5. What has been your biggest class?
31 students. Complete chaos. Do not recommend under any circumstances.
6. What has been your smallest class?
Eleven students. Absolute heaven. Would totally recommend.
7. What is your ideal class size?
Fifteen to twenty is nice because you get enough variety and diversity without having an entire circus in your class.
8. What’s your favorite online resource?
Kahoot. I have a post on it, if you want to check it out, which you totally should.
9. Describe your perfect classroom.
I think this question refers to the physical space. My perfect classroom would have a nice carpeted area, enough space for desks to be well-distributed so that I can walk around while students work, a TV, smart board or a projector, and lots of storage space as well as big bookshelves.
10. What’s your favorite part about teaching?
I love seeing my students learn, like being a part of their developmental process is just amazing for me.
11. What’s your favorite thing to teach?
I love teaching everything related to animals. Ecosystems, animal species, you name it, I’m your girl.
12. What’s your least favorite thing to teach?
As a language student, I love to learn about grammar, but as a teacher I know it can be boring. I had a tough time figuring out how to teach the passive voice to my ninth graders, but if you read my recent post on it, you’ll see we did fine.
13. What is some advice that you would give to a beginning teacher, someone who is thinking about going into teaching, or someone who is already teaching?
Try to relax a bit and be open to learning. Ask for help when needed and when convenient, but also know when to rely on what you know and what you think is best. Observe veteran teachers if you can because that’s always helpful when you’re trying to figure out what to do and what not to do. Be ready to mess up, but learn from your mistakes and move forward. I kept a journal of what I did each day in class my first year and it gave me a lot of insight for the following year in terms of things I should have done or things I shouldn’t have. It also made planning my second year way easier.
I would like to tag all of you in this one, so pick a question or two to answer in the comments below. If you want to ask a question of your own, please do so, I’d be glad to answer it.
Love, Miss Camila