Today was my first day of teaching for the whole day, up until now I had done a few lessons over a few days and helped out with students in small groups or 1:1.
There is something incredible about being amongst the students with their eager faces wondering what we are going to do next or what is in store for the day.
We started off the day with a book called Mousetronaut by Astronaut Mark Kelly, it was probably a bit basic for the 3/4 class but it had some interesting questions that were raised about being the smaller person, animals in space and life after being in space. The kids seemed to enjoy it.
We followed it off with making rockets (I will post pictures soon) of our own out of:
The kids had a ball and learnt about different parts of a space ship and basic design.
The rest of the day was filed with YouTube videos about the international space station, some
Writing activities and science.
Everything went to plan which was a pleasant relief.
One of the things about being a teacher is that drive to continually evolve and keep learning, in every sense and every aspect of your life, from your own knowledge, how you deal with issues and to how you teach and motivate your students.
I have learnt a vast amount over the last 3 weeks that I will use for a very long time.
- Everyone has a different take on something, everyone may take instructions and directions differently and I can’t be critical of them if my directions and instructions are unclear.
- Being patient and listening to people, students will each have their own ideas and opinions about tasks, lessons and life. Understanding and listening to these viewpoints are beneficial to knowing where students maybe coming from and utilising those understandings and views to aid learning.
- Students love crafts, well at least these students did. The students love getting their hands dirty and building unique things.
- You need to love what you do and be enthusiastic, I absolutely love what I do and love to know about the things I teach and I hope it shows in how I teach.
Learning isn’t always about content, students maybe always wanting to learn things but not necessarily what you are teaching. Sometimes its about life’s lessons and questions. Something they maybe struggling with at home or on the sports field. Being an ear and a voice of reason & suggestion can sometimes do wonders and will help bring them round.