I have been really busy, lately. I made a goal about this year to try to do more at my school and be more involved. I really got what I wished for. Teaching my regular classes had gotten a little boring~ just the same stuff over and over again. Not much creativity involved just teaching about the book and making sure they get a good grade on their tests. That kind of attitude and teaching realllllllly brings me down. SO, when I saw an e-mail from the DMOE offering teachers a chance to teach after school English classes twice a week, I jumped at the chance and applied. Soon, I was going to be busier than I ever thought I could be!
My After School Class
I was assigned to teach 3rd graders. I was a little nervous since…that meant…the students had been studying English for less than a year. Following me for 2 hours was going to pose as a struggle for sure. I have to admit, I really struggled with this class for the first month. I had to make assigned seats, assign daily positive reinforcement deals and a warning system! I reviewed the rules before class everyday. I even had to speak with a mother about her son’s behavior. Me…speaking to a mother…in Korean was really interesting. I hope she understood what I was trying to get across! Anyways, if there is one thing I learned that stuck so hard with me from graduate school its that the #1 step to improving classroom behavior and having good classroom management was good curriculum. I tried my best to plan intersting and challenging lessons, but so often they ended up being…재미 없어, not fun. Through the struggle, we all started to get into a groove and I started to know what they liked and what their needs were. In the end it was such a great experience. Here are some highlights of what we did for the semester~
My old mentor teacher from Portland, Phyllis, was kind enough to start a pen pal correspondence. It was a really big motivator and sooo much fun!