I am actually a high school student in a program called Ready Set Teach. Most of my peers choose to visit elementary schools to teach the smaller children, I however prefer high school education. I would like to be a 12th grade Eng. Lit. teacher, but since I am a senior, I teach freshman. My mentor teacher got hurt recently and couldn't call into work, therefore I walked into class unaware that I would have to teach the entire class on my own. A sub wasn't acquired until 2nd period. My mentor teacher didn't have a lesson plan ready, and if she did, it was nowhere to be found.
I looked up the "Harris Burdick" pictures (a creative writing teacher had shown us) and had them write on 3 of them for 5 min. each, but they quickly got board of this activity. So I made something up.
I had them take out a piece of paper and number them from 1 to 14 and proceeded to ask them random facts about themselves (a.e. favorite color, favorite animal, hero, etc.). Once they were done they had to write 5 line poems. Each line had to be a simile or metaphor for themselves and that trait. We went around the room and everyone had to read 1 line and from that we created a poem for the class. They loved it. It was interactive and fun and something they hadn't seen before. I was so relieved that the teacher who had been checking in on me told my mentor teacher that she should leave me to it more often so she could get more ideas for her class. :P
That's an outstanding story! You made a great adjustment when you recognized that the initial activities were not engaging the kids!
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