I found myself on the last full day of school cracking up and having a great time with my Spanish students. The best part, I wasn't teaching. I had a guest come and teach my classes with his version of TPRS and CI.
My kids were able to kind of see someone else's teaching as well as show off all that they had learned this year in Spanish.
I sat in the back and cracked up. They were clever, funny, interested.
But it was bittersweet. These students I have invested in all year (some for two years), weren't happy with me as I told them how great the year has been and how much I have appreciated being their teacher this year. That many times although we've been learning Spanish together, I feel like at times, it was like we were just hanging out (intentionally though while still learning).
Nevertheless, I would take my fond memories of them as I embarked on a journey with my family to a new place. I'll be teaching in the KC area this next year and I'll be teaching in a school that is traditional in their Spanish instruction. But the teachers have seemed open to what I do and would like to see it implemented. I am very excited about this opportunity to possibly win over some other teachers to TPRS and CI.
But I will greatly miss my students and the opportunity to continue investing in them and teaching them to see their growth as individuals as well as students of Spanish.
I think that's the difference in the TPRS and CI for me.
I used to teach in terms of lessons. We would go over the lesson and then they would have practice worksheets and I would go back to my desk because my job had been done. It was as if I created this wall of "now it's my time."
I got to know some of the students but all of the talking about THEM was usually in English on the lower levels and in Spanish 3, they still were very shy about speaking.
By the time I did TPRS and CI, I just saw this whole change in my understanding of how to teach and what it is to be a teacher. I got to know my kids a lot better, their successes, their fears, their struggles, and most of it in Spanish.
I would say that's why it will be even harder to leave my school. I got to know the kids better these past two years, and their quirky personalities. I took down my wall with TPRS.