I feel as if I’ve only barely left school, so it was incredibly odd today to go into a local secondary school as a Teaching Assistant.
I arrived at lunch, when the students were mostly racing around in the freezing cold full of break time exuberance. I have to admit I was absolutely terrified. There seemed so many of them and I had no idea what I was supposed to do with them.
But luckily it was nowhere near as scary as I’d thought and reaffirmed that teaching is definitely what I want to do. I am working with year 9 and year 12, they are funny and interesting and vibrant.
In year 9 they were beginning work on plays. They were given the following extract and asked to work out the characters, and back story, and then continue the action.
A: Where have you been?
B: Just…you know…away
A: Was it worth it?
B: In some ways I had a good time…on the other hand…
A: Well? You need to tell me what happened. I can help.
B: No-one can help me.
A: Don’t be silly.
B: You don’t understand.
The ideas they came up with were a mixture of serious, hilarious and melodramatic. We had siblings, parent and child, friends and even a psychiatrist and patient! The reasons they’d been away were incredibly dramatic – committing a murder was a favourite, some left it at a cliffhanger with no explanation given. Their originality and creativity was inspiring.
This teaching assistantship is set to be a fascinating and enlightening journey!