My learners are children from many walks of life. I am at a community school, and so there are a lot of under-privileged students. Some are very adept and even beyond their grade level in learning, however most are many years below their own grade level. They are all great kids. In art class, they were ALL spotted laughing and having fun with their peers. Most were all keen on answering questions in math class when asked. There are one or two students in the class that have behavioural issues, and this could be related to their home life, or how they were raised. They do require some extra attention, but every single student has positive qualities and is special in their own ways.
Being teacher felt so natural for me. My co-operative teacher told me multiple times that he could tell I was comfortable with the students. It felt so right being able to help them with their math questions when they put up their hand. I will say that I felt like my Grandma when called “Ms. Orange”, as my Grandma was a teacher and possesses the same last name. It was a cool feeling to hear that.
However, it was harder than I thought it would be to adjust being teacher and not student. I was not one of them, a subordiante, but rather the teacher’s counterpart (almost). When the teacher said “attention, class”, he wasn’t talking to me, and I had to keep reminding myself of this throughout the classroom experience. When he penalized the students, I wasn’t being penalized along with them. It will take time to adjust to this, but I think maintaining some of “student” role will possibly help me to relate to them better. Maybe not though, maybe I should just accept the fact that I will be completely different from them, and play a completely separate role. I would love to hear some input from my blog-viewers on this particular issue. How much should we be “student” as teachers?