Then after school, a student came in and told me that some were talking about:
- my class is boring
- I don't know how to properly teach a foreign language
This could have been something that no one actually said. But I am inclined to believe that someone did say it because high school students are renowned for complaining about everything.
It bothered me though. Of course it would happen when I was really enjoying all of my classes. I felt like all of my classes were clicking and all had their own neat personalities that I was already excited to explore as the year went on. And I hear this.
First, this bothers me because it most likely (from what the source said) came from a student that is a heritage / native speaker of Spanish. So of my class is boring, I realize my class isn't actually made for student that already speak Spanish at home.
But I had talked to my native / heritage students last year periodically to check their thoughts on class compared I what they saw in traditional grammar classes the year before with a different teacher. They were very positive and many told me that actually liked Spanish class more because we used the language in class and the stories were interesting.
Kids will be bored. As I tell my students: "boring people usually are bored."
That is I recognize that my class will still bore those who simply might hate school or who knows what else.
Regarding the opinion that I don't teach my foreign language class right, I will assume that this is in reference to my not teaching via the "traditional model" of lots of vocabulary and explicit grammar instruction. I did teach with explicit grammar instruction for four of my seven years teaching. It didn't ever really seem to click with the students. They would always remember the first activity of the year because I would repeat the greetings a lot and in context and have them practice. More than anything their remembering it was due to all of the repetitions.
I complained to my wife about it because it really brought me down and she responded (in Spanish): "You aren't a gold coin."*
*This statement meant (to my wife), "You'll never please everyone." Which is true. I imagine that even a gold coin can't please everyone though! ;-)