For awhile I began to feel my brain was going into atrophy. I felt like I wasn't making a difference and that I wasn't able to use my skill set. That is when the itch started. I feel like Im always reading something or watching a video about something. It doesn't help when I find tons of great ideas that I can't use because my environment is different from those that aren't esl.
The itch is gone and I feel like things have picked up.Unfortunately, this can all change next year.I won't even think about that right now.In the meantime, I have some very important decisions to make about how I am going to teach for he remainder of the year as we are piloting a new way to run the classrooms which allows for more focus on small groups without the distractions that come along with active kids all around you.Ill be able to speak on that once I have started.
Anyway, I found a website today that has FREE videos for anyone who wants/needs to be reminded they aren't crazy when they are trying to do something that is developmentally appropriate in their class, for someone who has been placed in KG without prior experience,or if you just want to brush up on some things. I have personally found that teachers are quick to say "i know____________" when maybe they don't or perhaps there is a better way to do something.There are also times when something may not be appropriate for various reasons.Whenever I feel that tug of apprehension I like to check myself because I don't know everything and there are lots of things I want to improve on while modifying it for kids who don't speak English. Ugh, so much to do, so little time.
For now, Im going to watch some of these videos and glean what I can.I find that I can use something in practice but I would like to better articulate my reasons for doing things. Its kind of like when I played an instrument in class but couldn't read the notes.
enjoy and share the videos!
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