I'm pretty pumped about school starting. This isn't a new thing. I'm always excited for school to start. I'm that nerd that loves the scent of new books. I love pencils when they're sharpened for the first time, and the way crayons look fresh out of the box. Yup. I'm a bookworm. So, in spite of already having a scheduler, when my co-teacher Sam walked into the office holding a brand new, leather-bound, embossed teacher's diary for me, I got really excited. It even has a space at the top of each week for me to write my lesson plan overview! I'm so excited.
Speaking of lesson plans, this semester, I'm taking a different approach to how I teach my classes. In the past, I've refused to give homework, claiming these kids are overworked as it is (and they are, don't get me wrong). This semester, however, I'm assigning them things to pre-study, so, assuming they do it, we can focus on more fun things in class, while making sure their books get completed to keep their parents happy. I've got a desk full of books I plan to use as supplementary materials, as well as two shelves full in my classroom (My school is so awesome about using their English budget well... AND they let me control what happens to what they buy... so awesome).
Now, I'm pretty sure I'm just in the pre-wedding stages with these classes, when I'm all giddy and optimistic, and most kids aren't going to do the work I need them to do to run classes the way I want, but I figure this is a good jumping off point, and we'll work together, mesh our expectations, and find a happy medium. I'll let you know how it turns out.
In the meantime, check out the website I made for my students here.