Monday, September 18, 2017

My School Memories!

 It's been a long break with blogging, but here I am to scribble some few thoughts, reflections and feelings with you all. Truly, I felt the urgent need to pour down some feelings that weigh on my chest. Every school year is a new occasion to start off a new journey with plenty of destinations that we would take our students to, for short walks, rides or even flights. ( Do not take my words literally please!)
Last Academic Year was a special journey to me & my students. We had unfogettable moments together. They were so special because I FELT that I took my students on a special journey! In fact, some of my students (a good majority)  expressed their wishes that all the learning sessions were like these ones.  We, together, discovered the joy of learning, while working together, putting heads together, asking questions, planning tasks together and sharing tips with each other. These moments taught me that the real teachers are my STUDENTS. I learned much from them. I learned to feel how do they feel , while working. I observed their reactions to the whole learning process. I learned to wait till they finish up working, even if it meant leaving school later than usual, postponing things till they are PILED UP ( do not follow my example) . I learned to listen to them till the last word and never anticipate what they would say. I learned to sit with them, talk to them like their mom and try to dissipate their worries, push them to think positively about their future and paths to follow so as to improve.
This is how I felt, but u may ask ( 'cause if I dare say I can read your mind at this point) how did I PRACTICALLY make my students enjoy those sessions.
To make things clear crystal for you, here is a list of activities , randomly-ordered, we managed to implement in class last year! Hope u find the list inspiring:
* Teach with the help of stuffed penguins to recycle wh-questions
*Integrate CRAFTING in my lessons objectives ( Crafting postcards to our eTwinning partners, Crafting fortune tellers,Crafting Finger Puppets to conduct mini-rolepalys and enhance the speaking skills of my students, Crafting masks to some stories that were changed into role-palys, Crafting a puppet, etc...) Those were the most exciting moments my students had ever witnessed, as most of them voiced out) .
*Conduct a live event with my Tunisian and Romanian partners. Such an enriching experience!
*Organise a party , in which some of my students helped in the seating, the cleaning, the decoration, all the space management details to reward their peers with some prizes that were granted by the staff of the CNTE, who were responsible for the management of eTwinning in Tunisia. We had unforgettable moments together! I WILL NOT FORGET YOU ALL !
     
        By and large, the last academic year was one of the most rewarding years in my professional career! I am sure I am gonna miss my colleagues , my school and teaching , a lot! Nevertheless, new challenges are awaiting me and I am pretty ready to face the new challenges and be up to all the expectations to be a great mentor like my previous mentor, Mr.Melki , who passed away last March . May he rest in Peace! "I will do my best to keep my word Mr.Melki and honor you!"

Hope I did not bother you with all of these details. Yet, I hope I inspired some of you to do things differently! Happy New School Year 2018

NB: I am sharing with you some of the pics we took in the previous school year!