March 14, 2013 by gemmalunn
Challenged and inspired by Mike Griffin’s latest post and subsequently by Carol Goodey and Tom Randolph I have complied a list of cool things that have happened to me today and 1 that happened yesterday.
- A student found and pulled out my first grey hair! This is cool because the student was new and I feel that letting her pull out the hair was a good bonding moment and we (her and her table) shared a joke; albeit at my expense!
- Along the same lines, for the third day in a row I revealed a hole in my socks/tights when climbing up to turn on the OHP! Again, I feel I successfully showed students how to laugh at yourself and not be embarrassed!
- I made some progress with a special needs student and hopefully continued to set a good example to her classmates of how she should be treated.
- I noticed (today and in the last week!) how nice it was to see how some (not all) grade 3 students have matured after the break and are paying more attention in class and trying a bit harder.
- Two students who had previously been pretty apathetic in class asked me ‘where are you from?’ (after nearly 2 years teaching them!) and continued to ask questions about different countries; keen to feed their interest I let them explore the globe for the rest of the lesson.
- (Yesterday) I used a Ken Wilson improvisation activity in my after school class. I was able to sit back and watch almost the whole 45 minutes be conducted by the students, thus successfully showing them that they can speak purely in English for 45 minutes and with little help from me.
- I read Rose Bard’s new post ‘Global Citizenship: Everyone has the right to fly’ I’ve been thinking along similar lines this week; it’s nice to know teachers on the other side of the world experience the same challenges.
- I have taught all but one of my classes for this week meaning I have plenty of time for planning, studying and blogging until 11:45 on Monday.