What do you mean people want to watch my classroom?
I work to create an atmosphere of safety in my class. You may not understand it, but I need people to respect it.
Here is the reality that I live in:
You want me to take a child and convince that child that they should listen to me… care about what I have to say… and learn from me? Then you have to give me the space to say those things. I need to be able to talk to my students. I need for them to be able to talk to me. I need to be able to connect to them. It is essential.
I tell them.. Unless you are going to hurt yourself or someone else, we are going to be ok. They know that I will let them know before I call home about concerns. They know I will tell them before I go to guidance. They know I will treat them like adults. My students talk to me.
Because we talk, they learn. They don’t shut down when the door closes. Often we will be studying China’s one baby policy and switch to a conversation about Octomom and then the Duggars and then back to China’s population problems. You know what happens on those days? They remember…. Because they watch Octomom and the Duggars on TV and they have a way to connect this information. This is good teaching, people. I give my students the space to express their opinions on Octomom and the Duggars because they will remember our conversation. And then they will remember that China has a growing population problem. We may add in adoption stories to further enhance their connections.
How can I have this safe space when people are watching? What if it is a student’s parent? Or parent’s best friend? How will I get the students to that level of trust where we can talk openly when they don’t know who is on the other side of the mirrored glass?
And …. that is the teacher who still lives inside of me talking.
Such a debate that rages in me. Read my Mother’s point of view HERE
Truth? I still Love Teaching. **sigh** So, After reading both – hit me with it… what do you think?