I am officially a teacher... again. I cried yesterday (NO...NOT in front of them, I'd NEVER let them see me sweat), because I thought I was boring the students... Leave it to twenty 17 year olds to send me back 25 years of self confidence. LOL
Actually, they've been so sweet. So accomodating. They know I'm new, and they are being very patient.
Already, on my third day, I know what I'm going to do differently next week. I'm sure by my third week, I'll have it all down to a science and some sort of routine... right now... even though I've written down my lesson plans for the next month... I'm still kinda winging it, because 20 post pubescent teens can be a little bit unpredictable.
Fortunately, my kids attend private schools, and these students don't have the same type of "edge" as a mix of other kids would. Yikes... that sound really uppity, and I don't mean it to be... it just is what it is.
I have 16 girls and 3 boys, and today, they made baguettes of bread. I stayed after class and baked them all for them, and they came in at break and picked them all up and ate them... it was very satisfying seeing them so excited about the bread... it made me giddy.
Tomorrow, we make personal pizzas, but not the traditional way, with sauce and pepperoni and cheese... nope... they can have that any time.
My class is called International Cuisine for a reason, so I cut up some fresh red onion, roasted some bell peppers, cubed some fresh mozzarella, and made up a batch of fresh basil pesto... and THAT'S what they are going to make their pizzas with. Typical ingredients you'd find in any home in Italy to top a pizza... YUM!!!
If any of them turn their noses up at the ingredients...I'll make 'em wash every dish in the class..twice... LOL!!!
Next week, they are making rich doughs, and cinnamon rolls, fougasse and a starter...
So far, so good...We'll see what next week brings...