Born to Teach Kiwis

Kiwi Wandering

I hope you read that as if you were singing “Born to Be Wild.”

Today, Mrs. Toller told me I was a natural teacher.

Naturally, I was over the moon.

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Mrs. Toller Teaches Vocabulary

Bringing Words to Life & Creating a Robust Vocabulary

One of the things I complained about teaching the most in America was vocabulary. While I agree it’s important to have a big and high-level vocabulary, I never had to go through much effort to learn the words myself. I was “blessed” with a mother who consistently uses “High Vocab” or “Tier 2” words, even when simple words would easily suffice. (I even wrote an essay about this phenomenon.)

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Day T(errific)

I found out that yesterday’s school day was very different from a typical school day. Maybe you’re thinking, “I knew it! No class could be that self-driven and that good for two days in a row.” If those are the thoughts running across your mind, I’m going to squash that feeling of self-satisfaction and triumph right now. Continue reading

You Mean, You’re NOT Worried They’re On Facebook?

MBIS

I’m sitting at the “front” of a classroom, scribbling notes for my journal entry as the students around me are sitting grouped together at their tables, chatting away as they bend over their personal devices or look at a neighbor’s. Some students are walking in and out the open door that leads to outside as they will.

This sounds like a recipe for disaster. This sounds like I have suddenly lost all classroom management skills that I picked up within my American tenth grade English classroom. If one of my students from America was sitting here, they would probably complain something along the lines of, “They get to wander off to other classrooms, but we could barely even use the bathroom?” Indeed, if an administrator for an American classroom walked in on this, it’s entirely probable that it would be the last day of my teaching career.

Here’s the thing though: the students are learning. They just don’t need me to do it.

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