Updated: Feb 5, 2021
| by Thuy Truong, M.A. Ed., TPT Teaching and Coaching, 2/4/2021|
Welcome to my classroom diary! Thanks for being curious about how I get through to students from all walks of life. This is my new blog segment where I take readers through that precious journey with our youth every day.
I shall provide you with a little vignette of when homework becomes a dream for a student. My student is a beauty enthusiast. She likes all things beautiful. She has an infectious laugh, and her eyes dance when she smiles. She is a delight to work with because she has such life in her and a love for almost everything artistic.
She used to be in her pajamas when we first started English tutoring, but now she has entered the crusade of being fashionably groomed for class time. I think it may have something to do with the fabled message I just covered briefly on how you present yourself is how the world sees you. Now, she is in a classy ensemble every day. She reminds me of a teenage Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's. She talks like a bird full of songs and laughters, and she brings a positive enthusiasm every day to our class. Because I weave her interests into our lessons while matching the appropriate academic rigor, she catches on to a great deal of social and emotional epiphanies in her own pursuit without me having to ask her about it (She is quite the young lady). As proof of that, last week I checked in with her about our new writing project saying I will email her detailed directions and a specific deadline soon since she is currently working on another previously assigned homework. Refreshingly, she replied:
"I already did it from memory. I have what you said in class in my notebook."
"Great! Thank you." Inside my simple teacher's heart, it went: "Did I just win the lottery or what? Amazing!"
"It's all very fun to do, so it keeps my interests," she smiled.
It is my dream that every student sees homework as a dream. Like this one!
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