My classroom no longer feels like my own for various reasons. I feel as though I'm having difficulty maintaining the educational environment that I've been trying to build. My mother wisely pointed out to me that it's not the physical environment, but the emotional and mental one, that is what the kids are looking for.
This is the difference between a house and a home.
I don't want my classroom to be just a house. I want it to be a home.
I'm the only one who can bring it back to that.
I'm pushing my students outside of their comfort zones and many are seeing the value in that. There are still several, however, who resist me as much as possible. I don't think that I'm being sympathetic enough to their discomfort and struggle the way I am with the rest.
They push back with frustration and fear and I'm not giving them the encouragement that I should be. I will not turn my class back into lecture because I know it's not the best mode of education, but I need to respect that some students think that's what learning looks like.
Rather than just saying "No it's not and we're not doing it" I need to be working with them to show them WHY I'm doing what I am.
I picture the opening of a Coming-Of-Age movie where the parents have uprooted the family to move to a new town. The parents and 2-3 of the kids are excited about the move and the possibility of new experiences and friends and adventures. There is, however, always one child who is angry and feels betrayed. They loved the life and the friends they had back in the city. They were comfortable and knew where they fit in. In this new place, they don't know anyone and all their skills mean very little.
|El Diablo cares not for that novel you're trying to write.|
|You won't find Terabithia until you're ready to|
I worry that I have been doing the educational equivalent to "Look how great it is here. LOOK! IT'S AMAZING!! ENJOY IT!!!!!" without giving proper respect to those students who aren't comfortable with the move.
I will never move them back to the city, but I can be more understanding of their discomfort.