ONE YEAR WITH AN ENGLISH TEACHER
Day 88, Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Today I discovered two new ways of teaching -- or at least ways I hadn't considered in many years. First, instead of sitting or standing at my place on the circle and conducting the business of the class mostly from there, I roamed around the circle, sometimes stopping in one place for a few moments before moving on. Among other benefits, this gave me many different views of the group. Obviously (why didn't I think of this before?), if I'm always at the same place on the circle, I'm going to miss seeing some of the kids straight-on -- miss seeing their expressions clearly, their postures, their whole demeanor. By walking around the circle, I was able to see the students from different perspectives. It was a refreshing and instructive change. I also discovered that I could effectively teach from the middle of the circle. In one 8th grade class, I stood in the middle for a few minutes, turning here and there to talk to individuals or listen to their comments. It got me up closer to some of the kids so I could really give them my full attention.