While catching up on my Bloglovin' feed, I saw this linky over at Miss Kindergarten called "10 things I've learnt from teaching" and thought I'd join in too.
1. Teaching is messy! Never wear your favourite clothing, even when you teach year 6's! We weren't even doing art at the time and I got covered in yellow paint a couple weeks back - right before heading to an assembly. AWKWARD!
2. Kids are weird! But awesome at the same time. I teach 10-11 year olds, and EVERY day at least one of them will do/say something strange. It makes life interesting and fun.
3. Boys are awesome! And by that I mean that TEACHING boys is awesome. because we team teach, we get the opportunity to split our kids in a myriad of ways. Normally when there is anything to do with sports/PE we split the kids into boys and girls. Mrs Z has so far taken the kids to the sporting activities, which has given me the chance to work with the leftovers in literacy! You can do some really cool writing projects when you just have boys. Check out this earlier post if you don't believe me!
4. 24 is the perfect number. My second year teaching I discovered the awesomeness that is the number 24. It is the easiest number of kids to manage. Unfortunately most NZ class sizes are several kids more than 24, but I have been lucky enough to hit this number a couple of times. Technically we are there now, with 2 teachers and 48 kids. Why is it perfect? - You can split the kids in so many different ways it's great! 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12. Brilliant.
5. Friday Afternoon's are the perfect time for "Free Art". I often give the kids "free art" time on a Friday afternoon. This time is not wasted, it is a chance for the kids to experiment with their creativity is a way that is completely open and unrestricted. I put on some relaxing music, and give the kids free range with the art gear (within reason). Most often they love practising skills we have learnt earlier in the week that they may not have mastered yet. I'll post on this later if you like, as I have had other teachers in my team say that I am very brave
6. Music makes the world go round. I'm the biggest believer that music should be played in every classroom as often as possible. There is SOOOO much research out there on the benefits of music on the brain and your emotions.
7. No matter how hard I try, I will never be an organised person. That isn't to say that I'm not ready for my kids every lesson, it just means that my desk is, and probably always will be a mess!
8. Term 3 is the worst! There are no public holidays to break up the learning, and it's cold!
9. Kids will ALWAYS learn more if you are learning with them. They love it when you join in their conversations at their level, not as the all knowing teacher. Sometimes I give my kids an activity and I don't teach them anything before hand. Then I sit with a group for a couple of minutes to talk with them and see where their thinking is. Sometimes I like to pretend I know nothing about a topic and the kids get a huge buzz out of being able to teach me. This works really well in our class when they have been with Mrs Z. learning a new math strategy, and then we come back together for plenary. I pretend (haha, sometimes I don't have to pretend too hard) that I don't know the strategy and get them to teach me. Not only are they continuing their learning by explaining the strategy, but they are excited to be the teacher.
10. I am AWESOME! And I tell myself this often. No one else is out there to tell you, so you have to tell yourself! Go on, try it, you'll feel better for it. This helps especially in those moments when you have a million and one things going on and you are feeling overwhelmed. Tell yourself you are awesome and things automatically seem better.
What things have you learnt from teaching? Link up with Miss Kindergarten and find out what others have to say!