My first week in Middle School was really busy I rarely had time in between classes.Also, there are new teachers, new classes, new rules, new friends, and of course new activities. I think that a metaphor is when you compare a thing you don’t really have a clear picture of, with a thing you are sure you now about. The way I chose my metaphor is because since we are in Bangkok and the city was busy and there are a lot of cars, that made me come up with the idea of  choosing a city as my background and the base for my metaphor. The connection of middle school with my metaphor is since  I never came  to middle school, its as if I walk into a city I never visited (except for bridge day.) Another connection, is that middle school is busy and there are a lot of people talking so that compares to cars honking their horn nosily.

 

 

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I think that the best part about grade 4 was that I was lucky to have a awesome teacher like Ms.Bellone. Ms.Bellone is so nice our class has special privelages like playing games getting homework passes. I think everybody in my class agrees.

I have made lots of friends in the time I have been here and I fit very well my class, I think that having friends is very important in life.

I think that being in 4th grade means quite a lot because next year we are 5th graders at the very top of elemantary school and the little kids look up to us like giants.

A very fun part was the 4th grade book awards we found out which books got voted the winner in there topic it is fun because we did not know who won so it was a surprise.

Bye till next year adam

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I think that some areas of the world are richer than others, because of what kind of people live there, and what kind of taxes they pay. In america, the government lives mostly of the taxes of the people. While in richer countries, there are less taxes, indicating that the governments in those areas are poorer. In short, the governments depend on the people to make themselves richer.

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My academic goals

  • To get an A or B on my grade.
  • Learn more about this subject to get good at this.
  • Get more skills to prove this subject. Like writing, spelling, and reading.

My social goal

  • To recognize how the world is going on and how the world will happen in the future.

My personal goal

  • To learn more vocabularies to get good of English. And especially don’t forget my homework.

 

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Well the show is over. The costumes are put in boxes. The congratulations have been said. The stage has been cleared. Everyone has finally gone home. Although i have only spent a week helping with the elementary school production of The Jungle Book but it was honestly an enlightening experience for me. I understand now just how high pressure other jobs in the stage are. I found myself under real need to focus on the work I was doing. It was almost as if i was on stage and my audience was all of the people who needed my assistance. I had to deliver stuff on time and I had to make sure it was delivered with precision. I had to make sure everything I did was done well and offered reassurance to those who were acting. The mental and physical well-being was something I had to keep track off as well. I had to make sure they were quiet and calm, well hydrated and ready to perform. One of the ways I calmed them down was play games with them and talk to them. I found that it generally helped them get ready to perform although occasionally they got a bit rambunctious. Fixing costumes was something that I thought I would never do well but it was actually pretty easy thanks to the wonderful instructions of my teacher Paz. I am very grateful for Paz’s guidance during this week and without it I would have been flummoxed under the pressure. I had learned in this short time that age is not an indication of skill. All of the actors were very talented and it was an honour to work with them.

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We use words like learning, education, communication, and the like, all the time, so that it’s hard to see how meaningless they become when trying to describe an experience such as that I’ve had this past week. When I began the week, I entertained a sort of horror of our middle-school students, and was convinced that the preservation of my sanity would demand the exercise of the rod and all my most robust vocal chords. That is a perception which I have completely abandoned.

When I began the week, I think that the biggest challenge I faced was actually getting the students, in particular the younger ones, to feel comfortable with approaching me and asking for help. I think that my advanced years and grey hairs must have caused them more than a little hesitation. However, I am glad to say that by the end of the week, almost all my students had thawed towards me, and were no longer as terrified of approaching me for help. I feel that I have coped well with the tasks that Mr. C set me; my observations of the students were thorough, and, I hope, useful. Although many of the students began the week by posing various questions to me about myself, the highlight of my interactions with them was the one-on-one talks I had, discussing their academic strengths and weaknesses, and how they felt they could improve their learning.

This Friday, for the first time, I was actually able to teach a class. I chose French A, the intermediate level, consisting of seventh and eighth grade pupils. This is because, although very fond of my sixth grade students, I did not feel I could connect with them on a suitable level. I feel that the experience, rewarding as it was for me personally, also benefited the students (I have briefly discussed this in an earlier journal entry). I think that the competitive method introduced an element of interest in the lesson that would otherwise have been lacking. The most tangible weakness during the lesson, I think, was communication. Firstly, my primary mistake was not to use in sufficient measure the language I was supposed to be teaching the pupils. Secondly, I think that the students felt unable to really connect with me on a class-wide level as they were when I went around class and dealt personally with the students in their small groups.

To sum up, this week has been a very beneficial undertaking. I am more resolved than ever to pursue teaching as a profession, something I have been considering for a long, long time. I am also profoundly thankful for the new friendships I have formed with many of my ex-pupils.

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In the beginning of the week I was scared to work with younger students. I think I was scared because when I was in middle school we had teacher’s apprentices and we made his week difficult because, we weren’t really acceptant to him and we weren’t obedient so I guess I was afraid that the kids would do the same to me. I wasn’t so scared to work with the teacher because I have known her ever since I came to ISB. The biggest challenge was that the students were shy the first day till I realized that I have to engage them. And engaging them was a little awkward for me but in the end it was completely worth it. Another big challenge during the week was there are a few shy students that I tried to engage, but I had to try harder for them to be comfortable with me. Throughout the week I grew more comfortable with all the students so any task the teacher gave me I was able to complete. I think the students were actually engaging me by the end of the week. I took a small group to work on a current event essay and I gave them feedback on their writing and facts. I know they learned from what I said because when they completed the essay it was near perfect in my eyes. The teacher actually didn’t say anything to me about this. This week I learned how to engage people and make them comfortable around me. I also learned under what circumstances kids learn best and how to give them feedback on their work without making them feel bad or much worse, give up. I learned that teaching isn’t something easy. I view my teachers differently now. I also learned that when your patient with a student that is having trouble they will be able to work just as good if not better than the other students. This week I learned that I am actually quite patient when it comes to teaching students. I also was able to pick the student most like me in the class and see how I feel towards him. I then realized that that that’s probably how my teachers feel about me. Yes I am considering teaching as a profession teaching is a rewording job that allows you shape young minds. It’s not as easy as it seems but at least you aren’t sitting in a cubical all day looking at a computer screen.

 

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