For the last three years I have had challenging classes with regards to behaviour and willingness to work. These characteristics required me to be on top of things for the entire year which made for extremely tiring weeks. Last year especially, the mix of children in my class caused a lot of friction between the students.
As we now move into the third week of the new school year, I have noticed that my class this year is a lot calmer than I have had previously. I have not had to diffuse arguments between students in my class; and I have not had to speak to any group of students about the need to include everyone in their games at recess. Today I noticed that many of my students were working together and helping one another with the tasks that they have to do. I love seeing this: each person shares their strength and helps those who are struggling. Only three weeks have passed and yet I am optimistically hopeful that this year will run smoothly.
This week I am grateful to have a calm class – the first one after teaching the combined grade 1 and 2 class for three years running. May the fourth year be a more relaxed one.
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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018