They say we should do something that scares us everyday. I’m yet to decide what scares me more, crossing the death trap (i.e. the awful road on the way to school) or my year 8 classes.
Despite these daily doses of terror I am indeed three days in to my teaching career and I am absolutely loving it.
Year 8 are challenging. Many of the students can’t read or write and some struggle to speak and understand English. This results in huge amounts of frustration and often anger. After a disaster with one class on Tuesday I have been trying my best to get to know them using games and speaking activities.
Year 9 are interesting, some very challenging behavior is bubbling beneath the surface and I am doing my best to keep it at bay with insane amounts of positive reinforcement and praise. I sense that they are all quite interested in the subject but getting them to be enthusiastic about it is going to take a lot of work.
In comparison my lovely year 11 option group have made my week. Vibrant, intelligent and ready to go – they are going to be the class I look forward to every week. Despite a stern word about GCSEs and an hour on revision websites not one member of the class complained / suggested it was too early to get prepared. There is true potential in that class and I am going to work my socks off to get the best out of them – it will take a lot of work to push all that energy into the right channels.
Lows of the week include… The distant expressions fixed on some student’s faces as their class mates misbehave – it just shouldn’t be the norm. Goldilocks* telling me that she is ‘not rude, simply horrible’. Several students saying ‘Miss, what’s the point, I’m thick anyway.’ And the look of utter shock when I asked the EAL students to raise their hands so that I could point out the language experts in the room – they were so shocked to be recognised for having a skill that English-speaking peers did not.
Highlights of the week…*White cap removing his baseball cap without having to be asked. Three detentions resulting in fantastic work from three students with very challenging behavior. *Simba announcing ‘She is a good, kind teacher’ to the class and *the Dream girls dancing to Yannick Noah and promising to learn the lyrics for the next lesson.
All in all not a bad first week (probably just jinxed tomorrow) – I still have A LOT of work to, I still have A LOT to learn and I need A LOT of sleep this weekend.