Final Reflection

The semester is over. There were many things throughout this semester that caused me to look at what I was doing with the rest of my life. Those things helped me become a better educator and person. I realize that I am not a patient enough person to teach in the urban setting. I learned I have the teacher voice and that teacher look but that the lack of knowledge about the hidden rules in the urban setting I was in took more than that voice or look. As I mentioned earlier, this was a helpful experience. I am now ...


Last Full Week

What an interesting week! Monday we had class as usual, Tuesday was normal, as was Wednesday. Thursday we had our pitch-in snacks for the teachers but no class and Friday it snowed, no class! I have been helping people get their portfolios for class up and running, so I have been in and out of the classroom all week. We are finished with Science for the semester and have one more of the rest of the classes next week! I shadowed the Special Education teacher for the upper grades on Tuesday. I enjoyed being in the room with the students ...


Second Day

After my second day of full teaching, I can't type correctly and my head hurts. I guess it goes with the craziness of a good day's work! Thing were not too bad today. We had a sit down after lunch. They would not stop talking so we sat there and one of the custodians had to say something before the students would be quiet. So we came back to the classroom and sat. No talking, no moving, no reading, they just sat. I hope I got through to them. Tomorrow is the last day for us teaching, and then we ...


Full Day

So I had my first full day of teaching today. Yeah, I've taught before but Mrs. C was still "in control" of the room. She could pick up on a subject and go with it. Today it was all me. She didn't say much and worked on a lot of stuff she needed to get done. I had a feeling last night that things were not going to go the best. It was kind of weird. When I got here (on time for me!) this morning I ran off the rest of my papers and got the blending words ready ...


Short Week

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I do not think there is a single student or teacher who does not like short weeks. Fall Breaks and Thanksgiving Breaks being a couple of them. Mrs. C was absent on Tues. and the class was off the hook. I had a student who was escorted out of the building by city officials (if you know what I mean!) for kicking the librarian! I could not believe it! I went over my science observation and my professor asked me how I was staying sane. She noticed that I have a very active class and they ...


Tiring Day

So I witnessed my first fight today. I really didn’t think it was going to go that far. The two boys involved had pushed each other around before and today they mixed in some punches! I’m happy that there were other teachers around to witness the whole thing. A couple of older boys stepped in and picked the one kid up off the floor. The principal was just around the corner and she was very available to escort the boys back. The day overall was just crazy! There was sooooooooo much talking it was crazy. Mrs. C stepped ...


Family Fun Night

Last night we had our Family Fun Night! I believe that there was around 260 people there. For the small looking cafeteria and gym, that's a lot of people! Things were really slow for me but I noticed that other BSU students had a lot of activity at their stations. The ideas were good and students seemed to enjoy themselves. I saw a few of my students from my class. The thing that worked the best at my table was the magnetic test. Students tested objects to see if the were attracted to the magnet. There was one little sister, ...


Half Day

Half Days are wonderful! Students leave and you get time to work on what needs to be done. Most of our cooperating teachers are taking an online course so we had free time. Mrs. C could not talk very well today so I kind of took over the class! I enjoyed it because it lets the students see me as a teacher figure. I'm not the one who stands in the background giving looks. Reading went by very quickly actually. We did not get started on time and we read the whole story. I can easily pick up the basal ...


Realization

I was talking with my mom the other day after school. As I was telling her about my day and some of the things my teacher and I talked about, I realized something. I am from a small town in Southern Indiana. The schools that I attended growing up and hope to teach at in the future are so called "4 star schools". Most of the students in our corporation are in the general education classrooms. They are on grade level and for those who are not on grade level they get help during study halls in the upper grades ...


Breaks

I now understand why educators value their time off so much! After a wonderful Fall Break and time off, I feel refreshed and ready to go again! We had parent/teacher conferences yesterday and I think that things went well. A lot of the parents were happy with the report cards and most of them wanted to know ways to help their child improve the grades. We only talked with a couple of parents who had students who did not pass one subject and had low scores on the others. I wasn't sure how that was going to go but ...


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