Thursday, August 08, 2013
I started teaching summer school a week and a half ago. I have these 9 kids only 3 hours a day 4 days a week for 4 weeks. I love to teach, but these nine kids mostly spend the time looking blankly at something. I depend a lot on building relationships, but there isn't enough time in this situation. While I have not regretted agreeing to do this, I was basically thinking just get this over and I can get on to the "main event" - fall. Yesterday only 4 of them showed up. I was upset at first, but it was such a luxury getting to know those 4 a little bit better. After summer school, I went to the office and my class list for the fall was in my mailbox. I didn't get any of these kids I was teaching this summer. I am extremely disappointed. I guess my message is that you are may not always be enthusiastic at first about something, but give it time, and enthusiasm might happen or return. The kids yesterday seemed happy for the first time and I was happy.
Can't wait to start today to see enthusiasm! Now I have to remember to withhold judgement and not worry about what other people say about my fall class, like I have the 5 worst behavior problems from K! Build relationships and enthusiasm (although that may take some time, since at least one of them lays on the floor and screams and another throws chairs). Seriously!
Pushing through the tough times in life requires hard work and enthusiasm, which in turn leads to success!