I took my advice from yesterday, and am thinking about the problems as ways to learn. Today was a management challenge in the afternoon – but I tried various techniques and didn’t give up. I broke down at recess once the students were outside the room, but my CT was very helpful with giving me more ideas and strategies for handling the students. I didn’t even think that I needed to explain to the children what I expect from them :o! It was obvious after she mentioned it that they won’t necessarily follow the normal rules with me. They want to see if they “need” to pay attention and what I will to do when they push the rules. After writing out my goal of letting each day go before I come home, it helped me actually do that. Today, I was looking towards growing and what I would do next time I teach the students. Sometimes, just writing out your goals helps you think about them and stick to it! It works for children as well – there are always the rules for how to act and reminders for certain students’ behavior goals for the day.
Yesterday and today, my CT and I decided that I should slowly start taking over certain parts of the day. I led the calendar portion, letters/sounds, word segmentation, and a “can,have, are” chart. Yesterday, I forgot some steps in the calendar including the adding on game and representation the date with cubes. But today went much better! I had more confidence, the students were very focused, and I prompted the helper of the day with what to do next. The teacher even left the room, and I was so focused that I didn’t notice and neither did the students 🙂
It is exciting to improve with my teaching, and it shows me that I will keep getting better as this term goes on! The Kinders are very adorable and I love seeing them make connections and solve problems. They inspire me to keep working at it, and that teaching really is about the children. I love my job already and I am not even doing yet ha 😀
I completed my first week of teaching math today 🙂
I wanted to do a post about staying positive through this teaching experience because many of my classmates are feeling stressed out and down on themselves for a bad lesson or not connecting with some students. These can be hard struggles as teachers to get past and remember that teaching is a learning process and no one is the perfect educator (even after years of experience). The students change every year so lessons will look different and most likely won’t take up the same amount of time. My lessons had mistakes as well, but nothing that I couldn’t get past and didn’t learn from – after my lesson on Tuesday, my CT gave me advice which consisted of talking louder, wait time, and moving around the room more. I took it to heart and did pretty well on Wednesday with those changes, but the actual lesson took too long so we had to cram the activity in to about ten minutes. It seemed like I gave TOO MUCH wait time on this one, but the students weren’t understanding the content so I walked them through it and gave time for them to think. I saw that the time was skipping away, so we just didn’t do the back of the worksheet. It was a quick and easy improvisation, but my heart definitely started racing! Today’s lesson was pretty slow at the beginning, but the activity I used was very engaging and my CT loved my idea.Basically, I want everyone to understand that there is LIGHT within all the darkness that might come up in your lessons. The mistakes seem rough when they are occurring, but try to think about something good that happened (like one student who you connected with or who learned the content). Graduate school can be very burdening with night classes and placement during most days, but it is a fun experience and we are practicing towards our careers as teachers.