For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.
Here is a quick “run down” of the day:
arrived around 7:25 am
checked email, set up computers, and set up for the morning classes
conversation with the gym teacher, who is new to the system
three classes in a row, break, lunch, two more classes to end the day
conversation with a couple of teachers about school, parents, and education
Today was normal, in terms of the routine, but I did notice as the day went on that there were more and more kids not following directions. Now, my class is set up in increments of seven – ten min. because I understand kids don’t have the attention span needed to stay focus for large amounts of time. When I say “directions,” I don’t mean long lengthy phrases to get something accomplished. I mean directions such as “Please, sit down.” … “Put that book down.” …. “Keep your hands to yourself.”
Not sure where there this post is going, but I do know what I saw today worries me as an educator. Matter of fact, this probably isn’t going anywhere because I can only control what happens in my classroom. Kids are exposed to a variety of environments which help develop and shape them as individuals. I can only hope that the little time I have with the students makes an impact on their lives.
So, this post will end like this – I will keep trying to work on the behaviors of students, as well as my own patience level.