I have always told myself that I wanted to be an elementary school teacher because I love how engaged younger students are when they are presented with a great activity. I didn’t think it was possible for middle school students to want to learn, and I never wanted to work with this grade because I know how disengaged they can be. After working with the seventh-grade class in Colegio Maestra Elsa Santibāñez, I may be considering otherwise.
When we first arrived in the school the students at this public school swarmed me and my colleagues with hugs and kisses. They were excited to see new people, and wanted to know why we were there. Many of the students were fascinated with my hair, because it was nothing they had ever seen before. These students were filled with so much energy and love, and they made me feel like I would want to stay in Chile and work with these students.
My colleagues and I had the opportunity of visiting a primary classroom and then the seventh-grade classroom. We only observed the fourth-grade classroom, but we were able to do one of the lessons that one of my colleagues had prepared with the seventh graders. My colleague read a book about people all of the world in English, and the students had the opportunity to write post cards to Buffalo State about who they are and what they like to do.
After our lesson, the students returned to doing the lesson their teacher had prepared with them. They were learning about expressing wish and necessity, and the teacher had a fun activity to do with the students that involved them coming up to the board and reading off a dialogue with a partner. Some of the students were afraid, so my colleagues and I took turns reading off the dialogue with the students. It was fun, and this proved to me that when students this age have the right form of engagement in their classroom, the possibilities of minimizing undesirable student behavior are endless.
I´m unsure of where life will take me, and it´s possible that it´ll take me to teach middle schoolers. I love seeing students have fun and interested in their learning, and I know with the right techniques I could be an effective teacher for these students. Watch out world, I might be your middle schooler´s teacher.
¡Bienvenidos! My name is Bryanna Hill and I'm an Elementary Education major with a concentration in Spanish at SUNY Buffalo State. This will be my second experience abroad with the school, and I'm excited to see what Santiago, Chile has in store for me. I enjoy laughing, dancing, and trying new things.