For the month of March, each day I am writing and posting a slice of my life, hosted by Two Writing Teachers.
Slice of Life Challenge #21 Day 20:
How Have You Grown?
In an effort to connect with my students in a postive way, I continue to begin my senior level classes with community building questions. At the beginning of March I wrote in this post about a different question I asked my high school seniors.
This past Thursday and Friday I posed this question to my students, "What's one way you have changed since you were a freshman?"
I expected most of my student responses to be light-hearted. Of course a few of them were oozing with sarcasm, like when *Mavis said, her eyes sparkling with smiles behind her mask, "I hate school even more." *Aaron shared, "I have bigger clothes." Eric's response made me chuckle: "I don't think that seniors are so big and scary anymore. " *Lizzie's made me smile when she said, "I sleep less." She followed this with a huge yawn and showed us her huge energy drink.
However, for the most part, my students shared meaningful insights with each other. Here are a few that stuck out to me:
- "I am less immature."
- "I am more independent and have more confidence."
- "My point of view on topics has really changed. I don't think the same when I was a freshman."
- "My goals are really different now. I thought that I might be applying for college, but I am more focused on working so I can earn enough to live on my own."
- "I don't let people walk all over me anymore."
- "I have taken more control over the decisions in my life."
- "I'm more responsible."
- "I procrastinate less."
- "I'm better at time management now."
- "I worry less about how I think that people see me."
- "I am more outgoing."
- "I am less anxious."
- "My mental health is a lot better."
"I am in better control of my emotions. I used to get angry and just leave the classroom in a huff. I hid in bathrooms. Now I know to breathe and calm myself down. I can get upset about something but know that I can still be okay."