There are some areas of teaching I’m pretty good at, but that I think I could be really good at. This covered a lot of those.
One thing I’m really bad at, though, may be my undoing.
It’s Mr. K’s big fail.
I suck at remembering names. Not just student names, or people I just met names. I can’t remember celebrity names. I can tell you which movies they were in, or which bands. I can tell you all about them, draw you a picture, but I can’t remember names. I can’t remember friends names that I was just out with the night before. I just suck at names.
This is an impediment to developing a meaningful relationship with the kids.
So, today I’m going to them, confessing, and asking for help.
The basic scheme of the lesson?
Try to guess a person in the class who’s name I don’t know (this is going to be a lot easier than they first expect).
Then, tell me things you know about that person that would make me like them.
My job, as we go through this, is going to be to (a) remember everyone’s name that has been introduced to me, and (b) one of the things that was told to me about them.
This is probably not what my kids are expecting on my first day back after they’ve had sub for three days.
1 There was a lot of good stuff in the program. Really good stuff. But I’m always leery of turnkey approaches: We provide everything you need, you just have to stick to the program, and don’t try to adjust it. I’ve been to a couple of these sorts of trailings over the years, and it seems that each one tries to invalidate the one in front of it.