But now, much older and with a sense of humor seasoned over the years, I find myself excited to find ways to reach my students and inspire them to learn about our fascinating world. I thankfully found a way to see through the bad behavior to the potential, although it is a day-by-day thing -- it fluctuates.
They had a teacher for only a short time and then a few subs before one amazing Wonder Sub came in and established some much needed order.
I have to be patient with them as well as myself as we all get to know one another. I have to be mindful, and that is what I'm trying to pass along to them as well -- mindfulness in the classroom. We are all in this together. Let's be kind to each other and help each other learn.
My seventh grade students are friendly and interested in the topics I bring up. I am planning to have them do a school newsletter or blog. I'm giving them a list of topics from which to pick to research and write about for the newsletter. It is a project-based approach. I will guide them and be editor until we appoint a student editor, which might be a little while.
I have two sixth grade writing labs that are pretty much already determined curriculum-wise by other teachers in the department. The students will be creating table presentations at a World's Fair event at the end of the year, I believe. They will research, write and present about a country/region of their choice. I still have to learn the details.
Then I have one sixth grade language arts class. I will be having them write a lot, like my other classes, and they will work on projects as well. They will be researching a hobby or interest they have, looking at how they can turn something they love into a career.
I'm hoping to have guest speakers from the New Mexico community who are making a difference while they follow their dreams, role models who will inspire my students. I want my students to see that it isn't about college or test scores, and it isn't about competition and money. It's about learning toward a better, happier self-image and life. It's about learning toward a healthier planet.