Wednesday, May 02, 2007

My game face

This morning I had to have a talk with my class. You know, one of those "you need to shut up when I tell you to and stop being so disruptive" talks. After the class was over, my host teacher came up to me and told me that I was smiling throughout the whole thing. She thinks I've just not got a mean bone in my body, and I'm going to have to work a bit to develop the all important game face (and accompanying teacher look) so that the students won't keep trying to push my buttons. I'm very glad that I have her, a very experienced teacher, to observe me and give me tips.

However, the truth of the matter is that I'm not a super smiley person. If I'm comfortable, then I probably won't be smiling. I just get very smiley when I'm uncomfortable (which is why I tend to smile my head off in the classroom). When dealing with uncomfortable and serious subjects, I get downright bubbly. R actually finds it a little creepy when I'm smiling and giggling while talking about death.

4 comments:

Lara said...

um, i have to say that i would probably find that creepy also, if you giggled while talking about death. :-P

The People History said...

i think death must be the hardest thing to talk about with kids its a hard thing to talk about between adults

Proverbs16three said...

I tend to smile/giggle alot when I am trying to be serious as well. It really is nervous laughter. My brother was in the hospital and all his organ were shutting down and I was honestly sad and distraught inside; however, I giggled every moment I was in the hospital room. The nurse came in to change a tube and it was extremely painful for him; but I laughed like someone had made a big joke. A, I can completely relate to what you are going through. Keep up the good work. I look forward to hearing about your first year solo.

alyndabear said...

It's really hard getting the "look" down. Everyone does it different. I'm finally confident that "the look" works with not just my class, but others too. It's a nice feeling of power, mwahaha!