Today’s choral contest was by far my favorite school event. There are some students who hurt my feelings and disrespect me on a regular basis, but i loved every single one of my students today. How could you not love them when they’re singing like little angels?
I know all i talk about on this blog is school now, but that’s the thing: i love school and it’s my favorite thing to talk about. This job is no doubt the toughest i have ever had. Sometimes i wanted to quit, sometimes i hated my school, but i think i’ve always secretly loved it. I get along so well with everyone and i’ve made the place my second home. I know the majority of my students—their names and class numbers—and most of the teachers in the main teachers’ office. The weekly journals were an important part of building a relationship with the students; we shared interests and food/cultural recommendations over them, and sometimes, they shared more personal things, to which i always, always replied. I’ve gotten thank you letters, and i’ve gotten hate letters. But i gave my end-of-semester speech to each of my 2nd grade classes, and they all listened attentively and thanked me in return.
2-1 wasn’t so bad at the beginning of the semester, but after i lost some students’ work, they banded together and refused to pay attention in class. I got the most negative feedback on my evaluations from this class. I really hated them at times and at one point, i came close to telling the vice principal that i refuse to teach them (before you call me crazy, the VP and i are tight, so i would’ve gotten away with this). But i forgive them now and understand that some students just hate school, and nothing’s going to change that.
2-2 was my worst class at first. They were the loudest and most difficult to control. What made it worse was that the co-teacher i teach it with didn’t know how to discipline. I was the harshest and strictest with this class, and now they’re one of my most attentive and obedient classes. Towards the end of the semester, their journals were the best. This was the only class that learned to follow all of my instructions for journals.