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I like to work when my students are working, especially after they get "into
their work" and don't need much help from me. Sometimes I get really
engrossed in what I'm doing...that when they do want some help, I don't want
to stop so I tell them to ask someone else first.
Also, sometimes I work together with a student on something and sometimes
they work on mine. We have done a lot of experimental lessons...some that
worked and some that didn't. I think it's good for them to know that we, as
teachers, do work ourselves. I have a couple of my paintings hanging over
my desk...but not where they have to look at it all the time...so when they
come to "my" desk to use the computer they see my paintings and usually ask
me about them.
By the way, "my" desk is NOT my desk...because everyone in the room uses
it...it's where our computer sits...so I definitely keep nothing personal in
my desk...I usually sit at one of the student tables in the room and turn it
so that I face them. They hover over me when I'm working and ask a lot of
When I moved from middle school to high school this year, I was afraid my
skills would not be as good as the teacher who was there before me...and I
was afraid the students might do a lot of comparing and make comments...but
I have found that I work totally different from the other teacher and they
really haven't done any comparing. I show them how to resolve their
problems. We have done a lot of realistic portrait work...and I show them
how to get right in on the tiniest details to help capture the image or look
that they are trying for...they keep telling me they don't know how I know
to do it...but I keep telling them that they have to keep practicing...and
my level of confidence is now much higher.
I have had a lot of good help myself this year after moving from MS to
HS...from a lot of good teachers out there on this list...thanks to all of
you, I feel much more comfortable in my job, I enjoy my students so
much...and I don't ever want to leave HS!
Kinston High School
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