I have been substituting for about two months now. Being a substitute allowed me to observe various teachers in various schools. It allowed me to test various teaching techniques and approaches. Of the many approaches to teaching I tried, only one worked. I tried being the cool guy, an approach I saw at charter schools … Continue reading Teachers (and Parents), STOP BEING FRIENDS WITH KIDS.
Charter School Teachers
There's a bizzare thing about subs. We're kind of invisible. The teachers and admin are happy to see us but they don't really seem to think that we know much or can do much. As a result you end up observing a lot. I took on a teaching job of sixth grade. It said it … Continue reading Charter School Teachers
Teaching III- New Students
There's a strange thing about every new wave of students. Every year you say good bye to old students, who you know and who are special and to whom you gave a piece of yourself and they gave a piece of themselves to you. Then, you see the new and unfamiliar faces. They seem so … Continue reading Teaching III- New Students
Teaching II: A few months later.
It’s been a few months of teaching. The feeling of fear of kids looking at me is, expecting me to talk is pretty much gone. I have my lessons ready and they are on near autopilot. The bigger anxiety now is will my information be age-appropriate, will they like it, will they be engaged. You … Continue reading Teaching II: A few months later.
Teaching III- End of Semester
One thing that is well known to all teachers but not the outside world is the pure exhaustion that comes over you towards the end of the semester. I didn't have a full semester. Just ten weeks. I didn't have a full class, just 10-15 kids. I wasn't truly teaching, just explaining and playing, no test … Continue reading Teaching III- End of Semester
Teaching is Not What One Does, It’s What One is.
That’s what Jill Biden said. The only wife of Vice President to not quit her job. After 3rd day of teaching, teaching elementary kids, unruly, wild forces of nature, I realized no one does this for fun, no one does this for pay. Most people can barely handle one child, a teacher will handle 30–40 … Continue reading Teaching is Not What One Does, It’s What One is.