I enjoyed myself and can't wait to go back.
This teacher was clearly trying everything she'd learned about in her trainings or read about in a book. She was using countdowns to refocus kids, she had her LO/DOL up, the kids were in groups, and she was narrating all of their positive behaviors. That was just the beginning of class.
The students were eating it up. It was clear that they had been building a relationship for the duration of summer school and the vast majority of the kids were focused on her. Were some off task? Sure. Did she get 100% of the kids on task at some point? No. This was still a strong showing from someone just starting out.
"We love Ms. V because she taught us how to make comparisons" one of the kids wrote in a personal reflection she chose to share. There were several others just like it.
"Hurry! We need to finish this quick so we can move to the next section," one of the girls whisper yelled to her group. Good for her! That's a kid excited about the lesson and excited about learning. What did her peers do? They work! It was fun to watch and see.
Our kids may not be able to understand the ins and outs of all the adult parts of education in 2nd grade, but they do have a thirst for learning and can feel a teacher's love.
If this teacher is any indication of what this new class of DISD teachers is going to be, then Dallas ISD has a very bright future.
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