Why I Love My Students

Skirtember is still going strong during the second week! Yaay! I wore a skirt every day this week…except for Sunday because I was sick and stayed in my PJs all day–I didn’t even brush my hair on Sunday!
Monday–Tank and shirt at Wet Seal, Skirt at Wal-Mart, tights at H&M
Tuesday–Leggings at Wal-Mart, dress at Papaya
Wednesday–Shirt at Papaya, skirt at Wal-Mart, tights at H&M, shoes at Payless
 Thursday–dress at Target, tights at H&M, cardigan at Target
Friday–shirt at Wet Seal, dress from parents from Hawaii, pants at Papaya, shoes at Sole Envy
I love the place I teach at. It is a small charter school in West Jordan that focuses on having a classical education. Our teaching philosophy focuses on Core Knowledge.
I have a total of 54 students: 
— 21 seventh graders for two periods of Language Arts and Literature
–6 low-ability ninth graders for Language Arts
–11 ninth graders for Literature
–16 eighth graders for two periods of Language Arts and Literature
I love these students! I have only been teaching here three weeks and I’ve already gotten such a good connection with my students. I am able to see their personalities in their writings and discussions. I can see what they understand and what they don’t. I really like having smaller classes. We can be more in a more intimate setting with our learning. 
They definitely have their own personalities. (Here I am going to copy Bonnie because I love what she writes about her students–and it’s true, each class has their own personality!)
7th graders (period 1&2): These students are just bursting to learn. I have about 5 out of the 21 who are new to the charter school, new to the rigor of grammar and writing, new to always writing in cursive. But, they are all yearnin’ for some learnin’! We recently read “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant. We learned about irony and I had them create alternate endings using some form of irony. They were absolutely hilarious! These kids are very funny! I love them!
9th grade Language Arts (period 3): I only have 6 students in this class. It is a lower-ability for language arts. All six have some sort of learning or social disorder that affects their writing ability. But, these kids (5 boys and 1 girl), all love me already (and I them) because we all like anime and comic-book stuff. They try their hardest and really want to be able to succeed. They want to prove to me they understand the grammar. But, they are also a very talkative bunch! It’s one thing to have classroom management skills with a class that is 30+, but how do you manage 6 very close friends?!?!?
9th grade Literature (period 5): There aren’t very many 9th graders because most leave to have a public jr. high experience before going into high school. So, I only have 11. On the first day, I asked them what their favorite genre was, and without fail, all 11 said either Sci-Fi or Fanstasy! YAAAY! What a perfect class. And boy, do our discussions rock! We just finished studying Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and we had the best discussion on tradition, cultural differences, and morals. Boy, am I excited to get into novels with these 11 wonderful students who love discussing and applying literature to their lives! They all love English classes! I have to thank their previous English teachers!
8th graders (period 6&7): I have quite a few overachievers. There are about 5 out of the 16 who will always raise their hand. I’m just about at the point where I have to ask for someone other than them to answer to incorporate more class participation. However, they are a very quiet group overall. I’m not sure if this is because I’m their last teacher for the day and they are tired/done, or if its because they are 8th graders. I’m still trying to figure out how to inspire the majority of them to be active, willing participants in class. But, they are very fast and very accurate with their grammar! The best out of all my classes!
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • I really like your ruffle skirt! And that's awesome that you're really enjoying your classes and students so far this year!

  • How cute are you? I'm glad you're still going strong!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Chantal
    http://www.scatteredseashells.com

  • I LOVE that ruffled skirt! So cute! So glad you are enjoying your classes, I'm jealous that they get a small intimate experience with their teachers, when I was in school, I shared my teacher with at least 30 other classmates!

    • Thank you!
      And I agree–smaller classes is much better…but with our government policies on schooling and our economy, it's near impossible for that to happen!

  • The ruffle skirt is ADORABLE!!

  • You seriously found that ruffle skirt from Walmart? SO CUTE! I never luck out with good finds like that!
    It sounds like it's going to be a good year with amazing students for you 🙂

  • Great skirts! Teaching is such a rewarding experience, I am glad you are enjoying it.

  • Love your skirts and am soooo glad things are going well in the classroom. It must be so inspiring to have a great group of kids like this. Enjoy the experience! And I'm sorry I slacked on writing emails with you. I miss that! More soon.

  • That fluffy, ruffled skirt is gorgeous. I'd wear it in a heartbeat! Thanks for linking up!

    The moments during the school day when I have just a few students (before other kids get there, when half the class is pulled for intervention, etc.), I'm reminded of how wonderful teaching can be. It's when they throw 20+ kids in a room that it turns into nothing but management.