Remember how much I loved subbing Tree House classes? Sadly, having a class all your own is not actually better than Step Ahead, like I thought, but worse. I hate the stupid priorities (the students erase and write corrections over spelling mistakes and grammar errors, and then I have to see it and check that it’s okay, meaning I see their start-of-class quizzes and homework books at least twice, and often three or four times for the lazy or slow ones). There’s so much busywork to do in one class, but strangely, two hours feels like five.
What this boils down to is that I’m appreciating all my other classes more, especially the silence and calm of the junior high class. This is not to say they’re un-animated, because they talk well enough and burst into life at break times, but they’re closer to adults and they don’t fight all the time.
On Wednesday I had a end-of-the-level party, since I had introduced the idea of dessert pizza in lesson one, and decided to follow through in the party lesson. We discussed what goes into a pizza and what substitutions we could make, most of them coming from me and surprising and shocking them. Peanut butter and banana together? Peanut butter is a sweet thing?! No, teacher, no.
In the first hour of class, we played some games and I introduced the new unit, and in the second hour, I laid out the spread and showed them how to make the sweet cracker pizza goodness. My favorite moment was when a student wracked her brain for a moment and then said she “could deal with” peanut butter and banana. Idiom usage! We then played the game where you have a name on your forehead and have to guess who you are with yes or no questions. We had Katy Perry, Obama, my co-teacher Sharon, Kelly Clarkson, and Little Pig in the class. Overall, it was quite a success!