Getting to Know My Students

Getting to Know My Students

~ By Gloria

We’ve all been there, the first few weeks of a new job can be daunting, getting used to routine and learning the ins and outs of your responsibilities. In my opinion, it is very difficult to start teaching in a new country/school, especially when you have 12 classes with 400 students of all different ages!  When I first arrived at my school on Isla Mujeres, I had no idea how I was going to remember all of my kids’ names. Four months later, I now know most of their names and care for them all very much.  It’s a great feeling when you walk into the classroom and the kids run to give you a hug because they are excited to see you.  Knowing your students names not only brings a smile to their faces, but they also listen to you a whole lot better when you do.   Living on a small island within a community makes it easy for you to recognize your students, especially when they yell ‘TEACHER’ from down the aisle in the grocery store.

I have learned that it is very important and beneficial to take time in your lessons to praise and encourage each child individually. This could be as simple as telling them ‘good job/high 5’, or taking an extra minute to help a child who really needs it. It is easy to focus all of your attention on your favourite students, but it goes a long way when you acknowledge each and every child.  Now, with only 8 weeks left of the program, I know my time will be done with a blink of an eye and it will be hard to say goodbye to my hundreds of students. I am going to try and make the most out of short time I have left with them.   It has been amazing getting to know all of them and I wish them the best of luck in the future.