OMG did I just bore them for 2.5 hours?

Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by ayotte04, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. ayotte04

    ayotte04 Comrade

    Jan 8, 2007
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    Jun 18, 2007

    Hi all!

    Just finished my first day of teaching 6th gr. summer school English. I have a tendency to be impatient and jump the gun on things, so bear with me. I have 2 sets of kids for approximately 2 and 1/2 hours each. Though there is a mandatory "nutrition break" for 20 minutes, I make sure I'm giving kids a few minutes every 45-55 minutes to stand up and stretch.

    Though the first day or so is spent mostly on icebreakers, getting to know you, review class rules, the end of the day I wondered if I had completely bored these kids to death. I myself was kind of bored. And I know it's not my personality, I'm young, outgoing, and energetic. I walk around the room just to change it up a bit.

    But it's hard for those middle schoolers to sit still all day long, listening to subjects they really don't care all that much about. So what I'm wondering is, with your experience, is there anything specific I should do for summer school to keep these kids from falling asleep? I don't have time to play games all the time, but I don't want to torture these kids for 6 weeks. They'll only hate English more and be more turned off to the concept of learning.
  3. Brendan

    Brendan Fanatic

    Jul 2, 2004
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    Jun 18, 2007

    Going over rules and policies, along with other introductary activites are neccessary, but sometimes booring activities. But they are important. Why don't you have time for fun games and activities that have to do with what you are teaching? I am sure there is a way that you can sneak a few of these in and still acomplish what you need to teach.

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