I officially got the email today saying my teacher’s preliminary license has been approved!! All my schooling has been shown its reward 🙂 I have an interview on Friday for an ESL part-time job, and I should be part of the substitute program (now that my references have gone through!) Life is really coming together – BUT I need to let myself fall into slumber so I am not too exhausted tomorrow at my current job with toddlers!
This is my last post in my field placement page as well as getting through grad school! I have my master’s and my license in my hands – feels good 😀
Over this past holiday weekend, I realized that I only have 9 more days (8 now!) left on the term before I am heading back home 😮 This term has been immensely more successful in terms of my teaching and the positivity of the teachers around me. I have actually been able to teach full days with my cooperating teacher out of the room, or even not at school at all! There was a day when she had a substitute and I was completely on my own for management and organizing the day. I was nervous, but she gave me her confidence and the students did not turn the classroom upside down – heck, they almost tied with me in the point system I use! There are always certain parts of some days where the students are chattier and we have to stop more often to wait; however, I would not at all consider this term a failure. I have learned that I still love teaching elementary, and have grown confidence in myself as a teacher and with building relationships with my students. The same students that move my cooperating teacher through the roof have pushed my buttons as well, but by taking some of their rewards away, they were aware that I was in charge.
Tomorrow is my last time for teaching all day..this is bittersweet – on one hand, I am exhausted and ready for a break, BUT I love the students and have really gotten into the rhythm of how to teach the third grade class. I have applied to many jobs and submitted my EdTPA for approval – now I am just waiting to hear! I really want to have an actual job in January, and a passing mark for my license is a must 🙂 I plan to give many people Thank You notes and/or flowers for all of their help this term with financial issues, registering issues, and general help along my journey! I know I still have 8 days until I actually leave, but I am already feeling the ache in my heart for the kids and the experience. I will also miss my current roommate and her cat very much – we plan to see each other often though!
This will be the last FIELD PLACEMENT post for a while! (maybe forever :o)
Since the student teaching part of my program is over, I won’t have anything to share about it anymore. It’s weird that I am in the last term of the masters!
I have a few interviews setup these last few weeks of my break before school starts. I look forward to getting back out there with jobs, and making myself confident! One of the interviews next week is a working interview, where I copy a lesson from the head teacher. It should be nice to be back in the classroom, and teaching kids 🙂 I want to know what the lessons are about now! But part of it is being able to follow the model of the lead teacher on how they teach it. All these interviews are important, so I will try my best at the ones this week – it is also getting back in the feel of it for next weeks. Wish me luck!
This week my Grade 2’s have been learning about subtraction! We have been talking about all the various subtraction strategies and practising using each one! We used number lines to help us with our counting back. I also got the children to record their number sentences. As an extension activity, I got some children to create their own number lines using blank templates.
I am still working on wait time myself. It feels like a really long time when the students are thinking of their answers, but it makes a big difference in the end. The post below wrote the experience well, and I like the advice!