I’ve always had a selfish goal in my classroom. I’ve always wanted to be the fun teacher, the favorite teacher. On the first day of school each year, I lay all my cards on the table:
– I’m young
– I love Marvel and D.C. comics and movies
– I love anime
– I love videogames
– I love reading YA novels
– I listen to the same type of music they do
– I love playing sports
It’s earned me the liking of the students, as I can relate to them (it also helps that I have a sister their age).
Then, I start
demanding earning their respect, while still gaining trust and like with a great, and well-thought out classroom management plan with rewards and negative consequences.
As the year goes by, students begin to show their responsibility, potential, and personality. There are some that my feelings and likeness start to gravitate toward. It’s not my fault. It’s just like making friends–not that my students are necessarily “friends” since they are 10+ years younger than me. But, same personalities tend to like each other.
Typically, the students that I tend to really get along with and like are the ones who love the geeky stuff I do, are respectful, have a good work ethic, and have the higher grades in the class.
Not that grades have ANYTHING to do if I like a student or not. There have been plenty of students that have had poorer grades that I have absolutely loved because they try their best and that is all I can ask of them.
So, I will be honest: I have favorites in my classroom.
These favorite students and I love chatting before class, during class, and after class about our common interests. I have pictures drawn of fantasy animals we enjoy. They leave inside jokes on my board from our favorite sitcoms. We discuss upcoming movies and our videogames while waiting for carpools. Today, three of my favorite girls who are huge anime fans decided they are going to compile a list of animes for me to watch over the summer. These favorite students also really help me with the rest of the class–they always are the first ones to participate, they are willing to help others in their assignments, and they are shining examples.
Now, I try my absolute hardest to not be biased towards them when it comes to classroom management (or biased against the misbehaving ones as we, too, have great geeky/nerdy conversations). But, I do find it hard sometimes to be one hundred percent completely fair with both grading and management. I think I do a pretty good job of being fair.
Although I have had a lot of struggles with management of a lot of 7th graders this year (as all the other teachers have, and the 6th grade teachers last year!), I will still miss all of them (but, especially my favorites) next year! None of my students know yet that I won’t be returning. I’m not sure when or if I will tell them…they deserve to know, but it’ll be heart breaking because I love my students (even if they stress me out!).
What is your blog’s mission or goal?
I want to share my love of books with everyone, make friends, and hopefully I can help someone out, even if it’s in a small way, from my blog.
Besides blogging, what are some other hobbies of yours?
Reading, drawing, designing, cosplay, and photography. I’ve always been very creative, so my hobbies tend to sway that way! Sometimes I play video games on my 3DS too! Pokemon is my favorite!!
What is the best thing about blogging for you?
What I love the most is certainly meeting new people and making friends through the blogging world! Everyone is so nice and supportive, I love it! I also love being able to share my favorite books with people and getting new reading suggestions from people as well!