While we are busy printing, cutting, pasting, laminating and planning the first day of school, how many of us teachers take a minute to reflect upon what could essentially be the most important 5 minutes of the entire year… those first moments when your student sets his or her eyes on you.
As the children come into the classroom one after the other with their inquisitive minds, peering eyes and wary of their surroundings, I can safely say that at this point, most of us are politely standing on the side waiting for the kids to get seated or maybe guiding them to empty seats- helping them settle down so to speak.
As we watch the emptiness being filled in the classroom, we underestimate how each and every one of those little ones have already formed some sort of impression about their teacher.
Once we have an inkling on how those first few moments could shape your future relationship with your students, perhaps we could take a minute ourselves to make the most of the situation:
A good while back I did a ‘stationery haul’ blog post on my other blog, though I was on the fringe about it thinking what type of a crazy person goes bonkers over a bunch of pens and cute pieces of sticky bits of paper. Click HERE to read that.
If it’s the one thing that I perceive as total eye candy, it’s the pictures of dollar store hauls and classroom decorations. Well, that’s two things. Anyhow, here in Karachi where I live, we don’t have dollar stores, but we do have stationery shops and the locally made products are pretty good and not too heavy on the pocket.
Regardless, my family knows the way to my heart is… well, through fancy pens, chevron themed anything and all things neon coloured that also go click.
I often struggle with children’s conversational skills. Granted that these are kids who are learning English as a second language, I feel like there is more of a hindrance than simply the language barrier.
The children just don’t engage in reflective and imaginative conversation like I would like them to. They have a tremendous imagination and we all know how kids can create entire scenarios during play.
I started thinking along terms of how to facilitate the imaginative thought process to come out of their brains onto their tongues and into my ears.
This is what I came up with. Continue reading
I am not a highly experienced teacher, but I like to think what I lack in experience, I make up in an unbridled passion to learn as much as I can from any source available.
Although I write for a well known educational magazine that caters to the entire MENA region (though I no longer reside there), hands-on exposure in the classroom has made me more wise and even more motivated to gain and spread teaching know-how all around me as far as my reach will go.
Over the past year and a half, I have had the good fortune of learning from very experienced teachers at my school and have had the privilege of leading a team of highly skilled English Teachers as well. In addition, following educational blogs and teachers, picking up on their tips and tricks is also a great self-indulgent hobby of mine.
I came across this idea several times, and I must say I really think it’s out of the world.