Monday, September 14, 2015

Student Teaching - Week One

You know those "Currently" posts that float around? I thought I'd borrow that idea and share tidbits for each week that I'm student teaching. 
Favorite Outfit of the Week:

Please ignore the grainy picture, this was taken 6 am with my cell phone, since I have no other time to do this.
Cardigan: Banana Republic (out of stock)
Top: Loft 
Pants: Loft
Flats: Gap
Earrings: Kate Spade
Necklace: Charlotte Russe (old)

What I Did:

This week was all about acclimating myself to the classroom and the students. I spent the first two days really trying to learn the student's names. By the third day, I was starting to get the hang of most of their names but I still needed the attendance sheet to remind me of the names of the students in each class. Quite frankly, I'm surprised that I've learned their names as quickly as I have. It took me a few months to learn my Teen Book Club teens names confidently and it only took me three days here.

Things I Learned:

Speaking of names, I never realized how important it was to the students for me to know their name until I started to learn them. The ones who I did remember quickly lit up when I spoke their name. The ones who names it took me a little longer to learn seemed exasperated with me. Learning their names helped me build a rapport with them and it's insane how far I've gotten in building a relationship with each of them just by learning their name.

Also, some kids know how to impress. I had two boys shake my hand when I introduced myself the first day. Their actions left such a distinct mark in my mind, I remembered their names instantly. 


Things I Still Need to Learn:

Using a decent inside voice when I'm at home or work. I'm so used to hearing loud voices all day or projecting my own voice that I find myself speaking loudly when I'm in quieter settings. It's going to be an adjustment switching between the chaos of the class to the quiet of home/work (side irony note here, I used to think work was loud...).

I taught a few lessons Friday and apparently I have a very monotone voice. I tried to fix it after the first lesson I taught and ended up only talking louder not with more inflection. This is definitely something I need to work on. 

Memorable Moment of the Week:
My first day I remembered the name of one girl in particular very quickly. When I approached her for the second time of the day and called her by her name her eyes widened and she had this look of surprise on her face. She said to me, "you know my name?" and seemed genuinely shocked that I would remember her so quickly. The look on her face absolutely melted my heart and made the entire exhausting, chaotic day worthwhile. It reminded me why I worked so hard to get to this point. 

Looking Forward To:

Teaching a few more classes...hopefully learning how not to talk in a monotone voice?

Honest Thoughts:

Before starting this, I was terrified. Enough so that I thought I might have been making a big mistake and that this might not be for me. At the end of my first day I was still wavering. By the end of my second day, I realized that I might actually really enjoy myself and learn a lot from this experience and that it's okay to wonder. 

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3 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're settling in!

    I would have the hardest time with the names. Great job!

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  2. I'm so glad the first week went pretty well!

    Kids really do act differently when you know their names. It's so interesting. I think they recognize that, because you know their name, they are a real person in your eyes and they act accordingly.

    I used to have a problem with being monotone. It really does just take practice.

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  3. I love how self-aware you are. I think that is so awesome with a teaching job to examine what works, what doesn't. That's just great!

    As for learning names, I remember there was a professor in my upper level Sociology classes that checked role by student numbers. First, this was a college with 50,000 students, so many MANY classes, this would be understandable. In fact, 99% of my classes didn't take attendance. But, my upper level class that I'm talking about had about 40 people in it, and this teacher expected participation and discussion with various social theories. He taught two classes per week (a classmate looked this up), but he still didn't learn our names. It just seemed disrespectful. So, I think it's awesome that you noticed immediately the reactions of knowing students' names.

    Good work!

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