As an ESOL teacher teaching multi-grade levels with kids of different abilities, I sometimes have this crazy idea of wanting one or two of my kids to “morph” into me so that there are three of us in the classroom teaching at the same time.
When all strategies fail, don’t we just want to turn into a wonder woman with cool super-powers? Believe it or not, we have students that will drive us crazy the entire year. Like Marcus who whines at every little thing. Or Kyla whose attention span lasts only five minutes or so. I remember an instance when upon entering the room of a first grade teacher (one who I consider to be one of the best in the building) to pull out my ESOL kids, I noticed that she was having one of those rough days as her students were behaving like they were from outer space. And it was uncharacteristic of her to exclaim, “You’re all giving my grey hair right now!” To my complete amusement, our principal who happened to pass by overheard her and jokingly reacted, “What’s wrong with grey hair?” Hint. Hint. She clearly needed those super-powers that day.
Ok, so going back to wanting to have cool super-powers, I actually felt like I had one when last Thursday, two of my kids volunteered to handle one of my centers. They turned my reading center into a spelling bee station. And because I have done spelling bee with them three or four times, they assured me they know what to do. Here’s what happened:
- Kevin and William took charge of the kids in what was supposed to be the Reading station.
- They handed out mini-whiteboards, dry-erase markers, and mini-erasers.
- They asked me for a copy of the high-frequency words that was on our list for the week.
- They quizzed the group on each of the words.
Here’s the most amazing thing that happened: They actually did it as if they were ME! They copied the way I would do the spelling bee, even the way I would count from five to zero and say, “Hold up your boards!”
(Kevin and William as ME)
And I was free to just be moving around to see what was happening at the other centers.
Isn’t it incredible to have students “morph” into you?