7 Lessons Later

The time has come and I had to say goodbye to the grade twos and threes that I have become so attached to. My pre-intern experience has coming to an end for the semester. I have come to be so fond of each and everyone of the students and their very different personalities.

I have learnt so much over the course of my pre-internship and cannot wait to get back into the classroom and further my knowledge! I learnt a lot about myself over the period of teaching seven lessons. I noticed how much I improved comparing to my first lesson to my last. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and my teaching style and also a lot about how truly unique and different each students learning styles are.

Looking at my very first lesson I had no idea what to expect, I was going in blind. I didn’t know how long my particular activity should take or how to even manage a class. I didn’t know where I should draw the line in being to nice to the students and too stern with the students. But as the weeks went by I slowly improved on my Professional Development Goals from time management to withitness and making sure I had work for the students to do incase some finished their assignment/activity sooner. I learnt a lot about way I need to adapt certain parts of my lesson to meet the learning styles of different students. I definitely learnt how to think on my feet.

Not only did I learn a lot from myself but I also learnt a lot from my coop teacher Mrs. C. She is such an inspiration teacher; I couldn’t have been luckier to work under her. She was great at allowing me to teach the way I wanted to teach (with guidelines of course). Mrs. C gave exceptional criticism back that helped me develop my next lessons. She was always so encouraging and gave great suggestions on ways I could better my lessons in the future. She made helpful suggestions in our morning meeting that prepared me even more for my teachings that day. She has taught me so much about the kind of teacher I want to be.

The students in this class are absolutely amazing. They are each so unique and all have such an excitement for learning. The students really taught me just as much as I taught them. They showed me that its ok for me to make mistakes because everyone makes mistakes. Its about being able to admit that you made a mistake that matters. They helped me see that I need to be confident in what I am teaching and not stress about if I am following my lesson exactly to a T; because they don’t know what I have written in my lesson plan. They are just there and ready to learn. The students shows me that if you spend a little time with each and everyone you will see just what kind of learner they are. That the boy who is always fooling around and distracting the other students is actually exceptionally intelligent; he’s just not being challenged enough. That the little boy who has difficult getting started on his assignments may not have the best home life. Thats why its truly important to take the time and get to know each and everyone of the students. Just because the boy who is fooling around and distracting the other kids doesn’t mean that he doesn’t get the work and doesn’t care. You truly need to understand your students.

Overall I would say that this learning experience has been one that I will never forget. I mean I taught my first lesson ever to a group of grade twos and threes who I was intimidated by. When it turns out they are so amazing and carefree that they were just excited to have me there and tell me they “always look forward to Miss. Russell teaching”. I am proud of myself and the transformation I have made over these seven lessons. I am proud of the way I finished my pre-internship in less than two weeks while I was in the final stages of my pregnancy. But that just showed me that with determination and your heart in the right place you can do anything.

I am excited to get back into the classroom and teach; but I will have some time to wait since I recently just welcomed a beautiful baby boy named Bennett into this world:)

1-2-3 Eyes On Me

Well today is the day that I start my journey into my pre-internship. Being eight and a half months pregnant and I had no idea how I was going to make it though the day. But before I knew it was the last class of the day and I couldn’t believe how fast it went by.

I walked into Mrs. C (cooperating teacher) classroom and was excited to start my day. I was nervous but I luckily had a great friend to join me, Miss. Stauch. We entered that classroom together and were greeted by out lovely, kindhearted teacher Mrs.C. She was eager to have us there with her and we were eager to be there. I immediately felt welcomed and my feelings of fear slowly disappeared.

Next thing I knew the bell rang and the tiny little grade twos and threes began to enter the room. I was so excited to meet them and learning all their names. But I knew that would be a struggle since there were so many; 23 to be exact. But I was determined to learn most of their names before the end of the day. I talked to the students as they entered the room asking them who their mornings were and such. They were all so welcoming and made sure to welcome me into their classroom with open hands.

It was a great morning but I most of all couldn’t wait to teach the introduction lesson with Mrs. Stauch. The time finally came it was right after lunch. I was nervous and excited all at the same time. Mrs. Stauch and myself went into this thing with no idea what to expect. Would this be to difficult for the students? Would they be engaged the whole time? Well it was definitely not to difficult for student and they were most definitely engaged the whole time. The students had a blast with our “getting to know me bingo.”

I did have some challenges during the introduction lesson that I knew would only get better with more practice. I found that I had a hard time with classroom management. The students would get easily distracted. The twos and threes would become distracted when the sound of students talking from the other class slowly crept up into our classroom. It was definitely distracting not only from the other students but for myself. Once the students in my class heard the noise coming from the other class they would almost try to out do them. As this happened the more id hear myself saying “1-2-3 eyes on me” and id hear half them reply “1-2 eyes on you”. I learnt that I need a better refocusing strategy. Something where I didn’t have to speak every 2 minutes. So I needed to come up with this before next class.

Overall I had a great first day at my field experience and I cannot wait for my next. I am already planning my lesson far in advance since
I unlike everyone else in my class will be going three times a week. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays due to the fact that around November 3 I am expecting to deliver my first child:) This is just another reason why I am so thankful to be placed under Mrs. C. She is so accommodating and understanding to my situation with having a baby and continuing my journey to becoming a great educator.