The last bell for the school year 2010-2011 rang last March 18. As my children bade me farewell–with lots of hugs, autograph signing, simple gifts and loud buh-byes, I started to do a post pedagogical evaluation. In other words: Which parts did I mess up in my teaching?
But before that, a heartfelt gratitude must be written to all the beautiful people I met on my first year of teaching. Thank you so much.
- Big Boss. As I have always been telling my friends, it is easy to see HIM among children. Thank you so much for surrounding me with such love.
- My students. I love you all. I still have a lot to work on as a teacher. Rest assured, all the fun and challenging times we spent were genuinely great.
- My fellow teachers. I know we have been through a lot this year but nevertheless I have come to love all your peculiarities as I wish you have come to love mine.
- Our beloved staff. Whoa! My first year of teaching would have been harder without you.
So what were my mistakes (as I see them, at least):
- cramming a lot
- getting too emotional at times
- saying things I don’t do which makes me less credible, specially to my students regarding consequences
- poor time management
- needs more research
- needs a better work system
- even better teaching strategies
There you go. Things I need to improve on. Grades done! Workbook editing left to do 🙂 Summer!