When I was searching for Pet Unit ideas, I began to think about the great websites that teachers can look at for inspiration! There is teacherspayteachers.com and pinterest.com as well as simply googling to find activities – teachers love to share ideas and concepts, so they post much of their products online for free. I am very grateful to all the teachers out there, and look forward to creating my own teacherspayteachers account after some years of experience and activities.
I just realized that Teacherspayteachers has a Pre-K section!! This makes me so happy 🙂 I love utilizing the amazing ideas that teachers put up there, as well as altering certain parts of the activity to match what I want. I have plenty of ideas that I want to incorporate into my classroom, but it is always helpful to have lessons for aspects that I might not have thought of yet. I look forward to searching around ALL the interesting lessons out there, and picking and choosing what I want to strive to do for my first year teaching!
In my class about English Language Learners, we had an assignment to review websites, and these two seem really useful for regular classroom teachers. I want to do the activity on “Making books with children” – it seems very fun and I can see how it could build the classroom community if we did it all together. The second website has lots of resources for science and kid-friendly news. I’m glad that something useful for my career came out of this assignment 🙂
It is useful to understand more ways to connect with students in schools of high poverty. This article is very interesting! If I end up in a school with many families from high poverty, I plan to fall back on many of these ideas.
I am fortunate to be in a program that has excellent supervisors and individual support systems. The educators really are here to help us be successful with our classes, field placements, and the whole process of getting a job. They breakdown what’s needed to receive our license, make sure we understand when everything is due, and even discuss the interview process. This past Friday, we had a meeting about interviews in which two teachers gave a list of possible questions to be prepared for, as well as how to act/dress and what to expect. This meeting was very informative and we are having practice interviews in a few weeks to get us ready for the job fair in April. It is exciting to know that they are there for me to fall back on if I am freaking out. As teachers of future teachers, they really show us what’s it like to be a good educator (no matter what age group you are teaching, even adults!). They are perfect examples of how to truly care about your students 😀
In this fast-track Master’s, it is necessary to remember that we have wonderful resources to take advantage of when we really need it. I have been attending all the preparatory meetings and really listening to what they have to say. I have also emailed and negotiated issues with them when something arose. Your peers are very useful if they know the answer, but when they don’t, feel free to email the head of the program or someone else in the department. They are more than happy to answer and make you feel comfortable! Be grateful to your mentors and all the time/effort they put in – you won’t have them for much longer, so keep in touch as much as you can.