Indigo Academy was in full Halloween mode today. All of the staff dressed up in costumes. The kids went to each teacher’s classroom to trick or treat and the lobby was full of snack food. It was a fun, hectic, exciting day.
As a special treat we made a haunted room, which the kids renamed “ghost room.” It was full of glow sticks, scary sounds, skeletons, cobwebs, glow in the dark tape, and a stuffed person with noodles as guts and everything. The kids were super excited, especially since I’m pretty sure they don’t usually celebrate Halloween.
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Get it, “board” as in bored.
Bored might not even be the right word. It’s more of an inattentive thing.
It happens. By time the kids get to class at 8, 9, 10 at night they have given up. In fact, it seems to be the norm with a lot of my older classes. Getting them on task can be a hassle.
Hassle might not be the word. It’s more of an annoyance.
It should have been common sense, but it only just kicked in for me that I should not only say what we are doing but write it out as well. The rhythm of class runs smoother when the kids know (mostly) what to expect.
forty-five minutes of fun
I also cross out things as we complete them. The kids love that part, sometimes they clap or cheer. Especially with their textbook work, that is the major hurdle to their fun time. Even though, honestly, I don’t think the book is that bad. But then again, I never went to school all day as a kid.
If we finish everything then I write two more options on the board as our fun “learning activity” aka game. We vote, play rock, paper, scissors, whatever, to pick one. But regardless, the options go on the board. They are picking up on the fact that we have to do the board before we can “have fun” so they are rapidly getting better at self-motivated work. It’s been a great turn around and I no longer have to pull the “do your work” face.
It’s been a great help to classroom management. And as the teacher, I always know what I should be doing. Cause ya know, we get off task and forget the boring stuff too.
These are our classrooms.
Before Sarah decorated her room.
Sarah has been putting her students’ work up on the wall.
I have been decorating my room with some newspapers from Portland.
This is the school we teach and work. It is an English and Math academy located in a very small town.
This is the first episode of the conleys overseas series.
This is what my visa looks like:
Stay tuned for pictures from our stay in Fukuoka, Japan.