It is Great to Be Back!

13 Mar

WOW! I feel like I have so much to say! These last few days, although they have flew past, have been so jam-packed with information that I feel like it has been a century since I have seen everyone! I hope that everyone’s three-week block is going well and that you are overcoming any challenges you may be facing.

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First off, I want to say my day was made both yesterday and today by some amazing kids. Yesterday, the first child to walk into our classroom got wide-eyed and sprinted over to me and my teaching partner to give us huge hugs! Seeing that we are in a grade five classroom, this means a lot! Today my day also got made when I received a note from a student that stated how happy she was when she saw me and that I was the best teacher ever! She also included a candy heart in the note she had received as a prize as a present to me. It definitely put a smile on my face!

There have, however, been some challenges the last few days. Our cooperating teacher refers to our class as “a great learning experience” based on their need to talk, walk and throw things every two seconds. They are an amazing group of kids that have an amazing amount of energy! Some of these students feel that because they haven’t seen us in three months, they need to show off this amazing amount of energy while we or our co-op is teaching. It gets frustrating because as soon as one student gets off topic, the rest are soon to follow. This makes teaching a lesson very difficult. My co-op told me and my teaching partner that we need to be super strict at first and then ease off towards the end. It is so hard though when the students who are acting up the most are the students that I feel need the most attention!

That was the first day. Then came today. The students were acting up all morning, some more than others. When one student continuously tried to pick a fight with my co-op, she looked at him and said, “I will not argue with you because I like you. I do not fight with people I like.” The student looked confused at first but it really worked! I think all he wants is to feel important and wanted in the class. By the afternoon when I taught, the kids were FANTASTIC! They all loved creating their own classroom treaty. If they follow the rules, a pizza party is soon to follow! The student who was misbehaving all morning was even my top participator! I thanked him at the end of the class and told him that I would love to see him work as great as he did this class in every class. That put a smile on his face!

I have a feeling that this will be the start to a great three weeks 🙂 If you have any suggestions of some great classroom management strategies that work to get and keep the attention of your students in your class, let me know in the comments below!

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