If my student teaching experience taught me anything, it’s that stealing is fine. Not in the five-finger discount kind of way, but in the stealing ideas from other teachers kind of way. During my student teaching experience, I struggled with classroom management. I’ll note that my kids weren’t fighting in class or burning books in the middle of my lectures, but they consistently chatted while I tried to teach. Some days, it really got to me. I would feel anger boiling inside and one day, I was so upset that I called home in tears just so I could let out all my frustration.
Now that I’m a teacher in Korea, my own student teaching experiences have been so valuable. I’ve engaged in a lot of idea theft from other teachers and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Even though I’ve been teaching three weeks, I’ve conducted my own research and practices in order to see what works in my classroom. Though I’m not a teaching expert, I’d like to share what has helped me so far in my classroom. Thorough pictures, ’cause sometimes, they’re more fun than words.
If you’re a teacher, what tips would you like to share? What has worked for you? What has not?
geon bae from a different kind of south,