Facing my Class

Going into my first year of teaching, I knew that it would be physically and mentally demanding. But what I hadn’t braced myself for was how emotionally demanding this profession would be as well. In the past nine months that I have been teaching, I have never before experienced such extremes in anger, frustration, desperation,…

My First Week of Teaching

Wow, I can’t believe how busy I am – and I’m not even teaching my reading class yet! To my surprise, I discovered a week before school started that in addition to French 4-12, I would also be teaching Sr. and Jr. Art, Science 7, and Jr. Reading Comprehension. Thankfully, I met with the teachers…

Organizing Must-have

Today it suddenly dawned on me that I need to figure out a system to get my classroom organized. Upon searching the world wide web, I came across this excellent video to organize post-it notes! This is just one step towards managing a whirlwind of papers – hopefully it’ll get me on the right track!…

Engaging Class Debate

A while back, I taught a lesson on expressing one’s opinion. I gave students a nice ‘lil handout that included words and phrases to use when giving one’s opinion, making a point, and agreeing/disagreeing with someone else. To reinforce this, I decided to do a class debate. I first split the class into two groups, then I…