So, this week I got to teach a lesson on creative writing, and I would like to say that it was pretty successful despite the significant time crunch I had.
My teaching partner and I decided that it would be a good idea for us to teach another English/ Language Arts lesson, but that this time it would be a little bit more fun than how-to-properly-use-quotation-marks or how-to-properly-cite-sources lessons that we had been teaching. As well, we also decided to take a hand at writing two different lessons, even if they were revolved around the same topic, and we both chose writing activities that we had enjoyed as students. I chose a writing activity in which each student would begin writing a story, and then after some time they would have to take their paper and pass it to the person on their left, after which they would then have a different story than that which they had first started, and would continue writing the new story.
It really is a fun activity as you get to see students weaving their individual writing styles into common stories, and though when I taught it we only had about twenty minutes it was still a whole lot of fun with a whole lot of silliness. After a few turns continuing different stories, the students were instructed to conclude the story in front of them. I then collected the stories and proceeded to read some of them in front of the class. What I did not account for was that some stories might not always be school appropriate, and so my biggest worry was that I would be reading a story and be caught off guard by something of that nature. But, that only happened once, and I was able to catch inappropriate stories before I read them and so skip them.
Overall it was a really fun activity, despite my worry when reading them in front of the class. The really cool part was that because I was reading their stories, the students listened very intently, and by very intently I mean that you could have heard a pin drop (had I not been talking). I mean, I don’t think that I have ever seen that class be that quiet before, and especially not voluntarily! I think what I took and will continue to take from that experience is that when you get the students more involved, they will manage their own classroom. Had a student been talking while I read, his/her neighbors would have shushed them to be able to hear. It was so cool.
Only one more lesson with that class. I am definitely going to miss them. Did anyone else know that teaching could cause so much emotion? Probably.