Monday, 11 February 2013

Welcome to Room 19

Wow, this first week has flown by so quickly.

It has been an exciting week for me.  I have loved it for many reasons:
  • Each new year is a clean slate (for both the students and I!)
  • It is so exciting to see who I'm going to be sharing the year with for the first time
  • I love seeing students becoming more confident daily
  • I'm proud to be sharing what an awesome school Berkley is with the new students
  • I enjoy leading the Year 8 students into their new role within the school
  • Maths is wonderful, and I feel challenged by the students who don't realise this YET!
  • This is a unique/challenging stage in students' development, and I enjoy navigating it with them
  • We are an IB (International Baccalaureate) candidate school, which is a fantastic thing to be involved with.
The year has started well, and I am thrilled with the way students have settled it.  They are beginning to feel more confident in taking up some of the opportunities offered.

I would like to share a little about myself:
  • I have been teaching since 1995, first in Auckland, and then in Hamilton.
  • My husband is a science teacher at St Paul's Collegiate School.
  • I have two sons, one in Year 9 and one in Year 7.
  • I have a constant shadow (when at home) in the form of my 2 year old black and white dog Sam (a border collie x huntaway).
  • I practice yoga regularly.
  • In terms of teaching, I like to push my students to be the best they can be (no matter what level they are at), this can make students uncomfortable at first, but in the long run they are proud of what they achieve.
  • The two IB attitudes that I focus on most strongly are Respect and Independence.  In terms of respect, if all students are treated with respect, they feel safe to try in class, and share their ideas.  There belongings are safe and they are happy to be in class.  Independence is the key to being a lifelong learner, a student prepared for high school and beyond.  I want a class who know what they are meant to be doing and who do it.  Students who make sure their learning progresses without me being at their back.
With Sam (the aforementioned Shadow).  He felt the need to help me weed, but really, that garden wasn't big enough for the two of us.

I've been out of the habit of capturing out moments at school, I'm sorry, but here are a couple of snaps from the first week:

I'm looking forward to getting to know the class parents over the year.  Feel free to pop in and visit, and Meet the Teacher meetings are in week 4 - details to follow.

Kathryn Hogg

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great blog update on the first week - it's lovely to see your enthusiasm for the kids and to get a sneak peek into their school life through the photos you've posted. :)