My observation days are over.
It was an interesting day to start teaching, but I’m trying to go with the flow. It’s spirit week, 2nd block was a pep rally, and we got out early today because of the projected snow coming with Nemo. In the midst of all that, though, I finally got to introduce myself to the classes and do a small activity regarding classroom expectations. As part of my introduction, I gave each student a half-sheet of paper with a small survey on it, to help me get to know them. I walked them through each question and gave my answers as they filled out their own. Here are some of the responses:
1. What’s your favorite thing you have read (can be a book, poem, comic book, magazine, newspaper, blog, etc.) and why?
- Coldest Winter Ever – relateable
- A book I read in fifth grade called Number the Stars because it was the first book I read about a serious matter and it has stuck with me.
- TransWorld Ride BMX
- Bluford Series, because I can relate to the characters
- My favorite thing that I’ve ever read doesn’t really narrow down to one thing. It’s difficult for me to read something and dislike it or favor it.
- “The Rose that Grew from the Concrete” by Tupac. I like it because it has meaning we can relate to.
- I hate reading anything unless it is a message on my phone.
2. What are your plans for next year? Where do you hope they take you in the future?
- Go to Brigham Young University in the summer hopefully on a scholarship for running. I want to coach high school/college.
- Move out of my house and go to college. Be more independent. I hope to bet my bachelors of nursing.
- As of next year I will be a freshman in college as well as take care of my child who is on the way. I know it will make me strive to be more successful.
- Move to North Carolina and become a tattoo artist.
- I had a passion for nursing and working in the ER but I currently have no idea what I want to do and I’m freaking out.
- Keep working to save up for college.
3. What do you love?
- Anime, music, food
- Justin Bieber
- I love to draw, exercise, and write stories.
- I love to be around loved ones.
- Going to church, family, skateboarding, making others happy
4. What should I know about you that will help us communicate well and/or help you succeed in this class?
- I naturally respect anybody, as long as they return the favor. I like hard criticism, and I am 100% honest with how I feel towards a situation. I love when teachers are patient with me, and when they are also 100% honest.
- I have ADHD, but if it’s a good topic I can focus. I love writing poems and songs.
- Ever since I was a young child I’ve been writing fiction and poems. My favorite thing is to write, however I find it extremely difficult to write when prompted, making essays difficult.
- If I don’t really participate in class it doesn’t mean I’m not paying attention. I learn better when I listen, and like to keep to myself.
- First year out of ESL. Have a little trouble with English. I learn better when things are explained to me.
- I’m a hands on learner so poster type projects are good for me.
- I am deaf in my left ear. I am really tired in the morning. If I’m late, it’s cause I can’t hear my alarm clock.
- I might not always look at you when you’re talking, but I’m listening. I’m kind of shy at first.
5. Share one random fact about yourself.
- I have been a vegetarian since 2nd grade.
- I am 50% French, 50% black, and my family and I speak French.
- I want to join the foundation Invisible Children. My sister was involved with it and I’d love to actually go to Uganda and assist.
- I play guitar, drums, and piano.
- I speak 3 languages.
- I can clap with my feet.
- I have over 600 hours of community service.
- I work two jobs.
For the most part, they answered these much more sincerely than I expected. I’m really excited to work with these students and continue to get to know them.