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Enjoying class too much

September 30, 2007 am30 8:51 am

I like my students. The longer I teach, the truer this seems to get. I remember terms when there was a class or two I dreaded. But not for a long time.

This year I have a favorite class. A better teacher might not, but I do.

As programmer, I teach 3 classes instead of 5. Well, 3½. And it was a good start. Scheduling was the smoothest ever, which freed me up for concentrating on the entertaining stuff: teaching.

In a small school where things run well, it is a privilege to have a class full of seniors I had as freshmen. It’s fun; I like my senior class. And my freshmen geometry class – they are sweet, and clever, and eager to please.

But I find myself looking forward to my third class, my freshman algebra. I am annoyed on the days we don’t meet. I can’t remember getting off to this kind of start with a new group of kids. Ever.

The class has a range of abilities; it is overall strong, but not my most talented algebra class ever. The kids are nice, but not the nicest I have ever had. They listen, but I’ve had more cooperative classes.

So why do I like them so much? They know how to play, just enough, not too much. After 11 years teaching, I have a niche – playful algebra teacher. So I tease, they tease back a little. I play, they play. But we still work. I get them for a full year. They’ll learn a lot, and I’ll have lots of fun. It doesn’t feel like work.

I feel a little guilty. Blush

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2007 pm30 4:13 pm 4:13 pm

    Hi jd,

    how many students do you have in each class?
    Here in Germany, we have about 33 students in one class.

    And do you work as a programmer besides your job as teacher?

    Regards,

    Edgardo

  2. September 30, 2007 pm30 6:27 pm 6:27 pm

    In the US different districts have different limits on the number of students. In New York City the limit is 34 (in high school).

    My classes are smaller than that: 22, 25, 23, (and 31 and 24 for the partial credit classes).

    In NYC “programmer” = “scheduler.” I write the master schedule, the schedules for teachers, rooms, and students, and perform other related (and sometimes unrelated) functions. For several years I wrote exam schedules and collected grades and produced report cards. Now I have some help for both of those tasks.

  3. October 4, 2007 am31 7:49 am 7:49 am

    I love my students too! I am fortunate that I have taught virtually all of my students before when they were in 6th grade band. I moved this year to the 7th & 8th grade campus and now get to work with the same kids. It’s beautiful!

    I do a lot of acting and playing around and stuff. It’s awesome.

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