It was so sad to have our final class with Linda today, We will all miss having you at our teacher, and as much of a pain as I might be I really did appreciate all the support over this past semester especially !!!
This past semester, I had an extremely difficult placement. My special pal had serious difficulties with not only hand writing but, reading and math as well. It was a good experience to see the realities of how a student really can and easily is left behind in a classroom if a teacher isn’t paying enough attention. This left me with a hope that as a teacher myself in the future I will be extra careful to not allow such things to happen and to fight for the students and do everything in my power if I clearly see a problem occurring.
Today instead of studying…I was baking all day, and it brought back flash backs of all the teachers I made presents for or baked for, thats what teaching is all about, if a student likes you enough to bake you homemade marshmallows from SCRATCH, guess what your doing something right !!!
CANNOT WAIT FOR STUDENTS TO BRING ME GIFTS AROUND THE HOLIDAYS!!!!!
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It was so amazing to see everyones movies tonight !!! I was in awe of most of them with how amazing the editing and creativity of them all. So many of them has such great messages to take away with. It so interesting to see everyones points of view on the subjects talked about in the videos. It was also so inspiring to see the interviews done with some of the teachers, and how different so many of the schools are from the tradition generic school system we all think of as EDUCATION.
My favorite was definitely the one done by Anthony, Marci and Jamie!!! Such amazing editing techniques.
Each and every one of the videos had really thought provoking ideas that are really relevant to our school system today and our futures as teachers!!!!
GREAT JOB GUYS !!!
The new hit website is Pinterest… I am a pinning addict, and the best part about this website is there a specific section just for education/teachers. As far away as our teaching career officially starting may be, i can still start to think about all the cool crafts i want to do with my students. It so much fun from everything to holiday crafts to ways to teach site words !!! LOVE IT and i will probably add lots of these pins to my portfolio ?? lets see how long all my pins take to add!!!!
Today was my last day at my placement with Chardenay. After everything i had to go though this semester with it was unfortunately much more a relief than a sad goodbye. The reason this placement was just so difficult was because my placement teacher just essential used as a tutor. I was just so sad because I believe she is an amazing teacher and could have been a really great mentor for me, but because of the tension and confusion i feel like it was compromised and I didn’t get the full experience I should have during my placement. What was also so upsetting is every was every time i felt like i was making progress with Chardenay, my placement teacher was redirecting our focus on to hw what wasnt getting done at home or reading that didn’t get done that week that while important wasn’t what she was really struggling with, and could easily been done at after school programs or dealt with by a parent teacher conference, instead of not using the one of time to work on her handwriting. What is sad is what will happen now that im not going to be coming into work with her every week. I fear she won’t be getting any of the support she need and will be left behind, because that seems to happen when there isn’t one on one support to help her focus. I hope in the near future they get her the help she needs either with a special ed worker or maybe just better contact with parents and teachers.
Well I have been procrastination doing these posts to the last minute I guess…. I feel like we are all around each other so much that we are constantly reflecting endlessly about our experiences not only during our placements but also in our classes that its weird to reflect to an electronic journal… I never was one to keep a journal.
It was really kind of eye opening over break after not seeing my family and friends for so long to see just the way all the teachers in my life interact with me. My mother is teacher and so is one of our best family friends, as well as my grandma. It was just so refreshing to see the realities of teaching again. I feel like so often with EDTE we are talking hypothetically and optimistically, rather than dealing with the realities of what being a teacher actually entails. The good the bad the ugly is what teaching means, and so much of the time we just talk about the glossed over version of it. In classes we don’t talk about students pooping their pants in class(unfortunately, it was a hilarious story) or we don’t talk about the huge part parents play in the classroom interactions. Its such an awesome experience to be able to hear from teacher that have come into the classroom but so much of the time i feel like their stories are just so unreachable, and not completely realistic in my eyes. Its so nice to also hear and be spoken to as an actually peer, or a co worker not just as a person that has no experience and it just a kid, which i feel like happens sometimes. I just wish there were more open communications with the average teachers, conversations with real people, that aren’t the perfect teacher, but ones that have flaws and have problems that we will all experience in the future.
I think that while you have a guided curriculum to fallow in the school system, its important to not just fallow it to the T. That should be the beginning and just a starting block, not the step by step process “step up” is asking the teachers to fallow. What teacher is going to love their job for the next 30 years if they just read the material out of the book? where does the fun part of teaching come it, that is the best part to me, to a degree each of us future teachers have a creative streak in us and what to share that with the students in our teaching methods. From teaching swim lesson for 6 years i know that my most entertaining classes are the ones where i figure out the best way to help the kids learn a stroke along the way, to see what works best in that pool at that time with those specific kids. we have to be flexible its like the number one job requirement in my opinion and with these type of guidelines its just a depressing thought for me to possibly forced to these specific lessons and be evaluated by the administration on my ability to do that well.
So far my knowledge about writing and literacy is very minimal…not because we haven’t learned a substantial amount about the subject and how to teach it, but because for everything we learn a new challenge becomes apparent. The most beneficial thing about teaching literacy though is the fact that each student does have one thing that they are literate in and that each teacher should accentuate that to make that student feel special. The stigma attached to illiteracy is something that is in desperate need for change and needs to be redefined by the educational community.
I have to wake up early tomorrow to drive back and have been home sick for the weekend, so i will write the rest tomorrow before class !!!
todays tumblr assignment was a little confusing because every article i seemed to click on was only like a paragraph long and didn’t leave me much to reflect on but the one I did click on was “The Many Faces of You”. It was really kind of interesting to see that persecutive how how Facebook is not only changing the way we interact with our friends but its also changing family dynamics… Which is 100% true, how many of us can’t post pictures of us with a beer in it because we are friends with our relatives on FB? or how may of us just simply refuse to add our parents because we don’t need the drama of thinking we are going crazy in college? It just interesting to add that dynamic to in laws and extended family as well. From personal experience I was friends with my aunt then she started creeping and commenting on my pictures to much so i just blocked her from everything on my profile and i might as well of deleted her. Its interesting too because in the future the same awkward dynamics will apply to your job interviews. They will search you on Facebook to see how you portray yourself, and you could potentially loose a job opportunity by what tagged pictures are on your wall. Its scary thought… and it is almost like how with celebrities if they have taken some incriminating or embarrassing photo from when they were 15 and somehow 20 years later is ends up all over the news and then their career is ruined. That same thing could happen to us if we aren’t careful and it makes me think very carefully about who can’t see my FB and what is on there .
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