Pardon my braggadocio, but I have really good rapport with my students. That characteristic is not always a positive, but it does allow me to be a bit zany with my examples (maybe more than a bit). It is really important to model skills with students. I know not all teachers are comfortable being goofy in the classroom, but that has been my style since (almost) day one. I had another example about my true first fear, but they this one was much more effective for teaching.
This is one of the writing samples I produced for our personal narrative about fears:
We were working on elaborating and clarifying with sentence stems from Academic Conversations by Jeff Zwiers.
|I turned 40 right before school started this year. |
One of my students told me,
"But I thought you were 48."
It is now a running class joke.