Getting use to the high school life has been my goal this week. I talked to a high school science teacher, whom I met at the beginning of my first placement, and she told me “They need the same things as the middle schoolers, they just show it differently.” This statement really made me reflect on my experiences so far.
So this is what I took away from this week: there is going to be challenges and rewards, much like before, they just may take different forms. When it comes to some of the challenges I still might be able to use the same tactics. For example, it used to be a struggle to make sure every student had their uniform on in class. I decided to address this issue before the students entered the classroom. I would stand by the door and as I greeted them I reminded them they needed the appropriate attire on before coming into class. The new issue is headphones and cellphones that students have as they walk into class, and seem to not want to put away during class. So how I might extinguish the spark before it takes away from class time is stand outside the door to greet them as usual, and have the students put the electronics away before they come into class.
One thing I need suggestions/help on: Every other day the classes have 90 minute periods with me. On the other days, it is 45 minutes. I went from teaching every class I had the same thing and they all progressed, for the most part, together. Are there any suggestions on how to keep the classes on the same track and balance/keep organized the different classes?
Until next time: