Every Monday, I have after school class with first grade middle school students (7th grade). I’m supposed to teach them composition and conversation. It never really works well because they don’t want to participate. At first, I thought it was the activities that were too hard, so I tried them with different classes and it worked well. I think it’s just that they’re too young to want to care about English. They’re 12. There’s no reason they need/want to speak English. Anyway, getting them is participate every week is a huge chore.
Last week, I had a fun activity planned (I’ll post it soon), but most of them didn’t listen. They all were texting and talking to each other. It really bothered me. Their parents pay for these classes. I’m stuck at school until 7:30 (11 hours at school). I don’t mind doing it if I feel like I’m accomplishing something, but if I’m just yelling at students for an hour and a half, that’s frustrating. So I told them they were going to write lines next class. That next class was yesterday.
I walked into class, calm, said hi, and asked who remembered what I told them last week. They remembered.
I wrote “I will be a good student in English class x 30” on the board and told them to start.
After about 15 minutes, I had 22 pages in hand.
Getting students to do lines isn’t fun. It’s actually really boring, but it’s the only way I can punish the students. Plus I feel like Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. a I really hope they will be better next Monday. After lines, we played a little game and not all the students were participating. I’ll need to figure something else out.
This is my favorite page of lines. It starts off good, but towards the end, it’s… questionable. I don’t know if you can see, but on the last line, she writes “I will bea good studen is Egish calss.” Good try. I accepted it.