I have enjoyed teaching Year 7’s for the enthusiasm for learning that they have shown and the way they have applied themselves in the lessons I have taught them.
One in particular stands out. I was trying to show them the difference between tension and suspense in fiction. I blew up a balloon to popping point to see the apprehension and expectation of the bang. They clearly understood the definition of tension. Then I showed them a locked box and got them to speculate about what was inside. They then understood suspense.
What was most pleasing for me was that they could recall these definitions weeks later. Not an easy concept to understand but I felt that they grasped it brilliantly.