I have a student who is super shy. So shy and unsure of herself that all year, she has barely said more than a few sentences in class. I was also a very shy kid, so I can empathize with her. Well, this shy kid had to do a solo power point presentation last week on the integumentary system. She could have chosen to do a mini-book project instead, but alas, she opted to challenge herself and speak in front of the class, all by herself. The day came, and she froze on the spot. Really froze!
My class, as good as they are, kept encouraging her with “Don’t worry C__, you don’t have to be shy in front of us” and “you can do it C___, just pretend we’re not here at all” and other supportive things. Still didn’t help. She was still standing there frozen with large eyes. I suggested that everyone in the class turn around so that C_____ wouldn’t feel like all the eyes were on her, every single student whipped around in their seats and stared at the wall. After a 3 minutes of tortured silence, C____ began to speak, read her note cards and did her presentation, switching slides for the backs of heads. It was a mini victory. I wanted to hug each one of my 5th period students that day and stick them all in my pocket so that I could pull them out routinely and tell them how proud they make me.
On an outfit note, I bought these black jeans this past weekend at Uniqlo in NYC. Love that store. Cheap, good quality basics with a touch of designeyness (I just made up that word). Just when I plan on moving to the only US city that has a Uniqlo, they announce that they’re opening one up in SF. Bah. I have two paris of the same jeans, black and blue, mid-rise skinny tapered. They are super stretchy, thick, super comfortable and holds its shape well for at least 3 wears. All for $40. Can’t beat it. other than the jeans, my teaching outfit was pretty boring and basic. T-shirt and jeans.