Observation: On my last day, I had a substitute teacher because my teacher went to a convention in Los Angles! Anyways, I realized how important preplanning is so important for teachers. To plan a lesson for a substitute can be simple or intricate but both necessary. I saw my teacher plan her lesson and how she made it universal for all grades.
Learning Experience: I saw how my teachers goes through her process of planning a lesson. She begins by finding a book that is appropriate to whatever grade that she is making the lesson for. She also told me that not all of her lesson have a book but simply a demonstration. She enforced the idea that the demonstration is the most essential part of the whole lesson because at an elementary school age, visual representations are how they understand and learn.
Reflection: I am going to miss this. At first, I wasn’t sure if this was something that I would enjoy but as time went on I quickly began to love the way children create bonds and having “your own” space in which you have the freedom, respect, and authority to manage other people and they think it is normal. I’m going to miss all the kids, even the ones that never behaved because they showed me how there are also two side to an occupation- the ups and downs.
Stories: So there is one kid who had very poor speech and slow cognitive development but as he walked into the room at the beginning of the day. He came up to me and gave me a hug and wanted to hold my hand. Remind you, this was a kid that had never acknowledged me before. My heart was flustered at the idea that I somehow made an impact even though we never directly talked to each other,
Observation: Children always seem to amaze me even if it a simple task! While doing my teaching lesson, they were so creative and were able to express how silly, goofy, serious, and practical they all were. I think my lesson was an insight to how individuality is shown through work, mine included. I also believe teachers like it too.
Learning Experience: Word choice is so important! During this week, I was instructing a child to work with something out of his comfort zone. I said for him to “play” with the materials and the child just could not understand anything I said. I was speaking gibberish. So I had to correct myself and use a word that would make him understand the assignment.
Reflection: I love talking to the kids and hearing what they have to say. However, some of them are so agitating! I’m just being honest! This week has shown me that I need to hold and value my patience especially when I’m in the classroom!
Stories: Again, this week someone asked me if I voted this before set election! What is with kids’ fascination with politics now a days? I didn’t need them looking at me a certain way so I told them I would have obstained from voting even though I have an obvious opinion. Then they were telling me that it’s my duty to vote which I appreciated. Trust me, I’ll be voting.
Observation: Kids are so talented. You can show them an example of a project and they go above and beyond or do the bare minimum. This week there was a girl who was doing so well while collaging. I was really impressed by her abilty to excel. Then next to her was a girl that had like two things in her paper. This student was someone that I had to encourage to do their work. Overall, I see that it’s more than standing around but rather engaging in all parts of that student.
Learning Experience: This week I realized that students will have good and bad days. It could be because of you as a teacher or things at home. This week I had a student throw this huge tantrum like fit that was totally unacceptable and unnecessary. I then understood that you have to adapt to that student and think of what’s best for the class and for that particular student.
Reflections: I realized that I am becoming more accepting in the classroom. Due to traffic, I was late by five minutes and when I entered the students were happy to see to see me. When they left, my teacher came up to me and told me that they asked for me which is really cute! It made me feel somewhat special.
Stories: Since I missed the previous day (Friday because of my TSA competition), as soon as I entered the school my nose went crazy. I think because I had been gone almost a whole week, my body was not prepared for all of the germs, dust, etc. I was shocked that it would affect me so quickly and abruptly. Thank God for my vitamins! LOL
Observations: While I was at field experience this week, I began to notice how accepting everyone is, for the most part. While working on their projects, they like to talk to each other and not just the people at their table. I find this nice to see because that means that inside their regular classroom the teachers are making warm and inviting environments for all students.
Learning Experiences: This week I was only with my teacher for two days. I learned that schedules have to adjust with only a few minutes to prepare. Here you must be able to adapt to the present need of your students and the curriculum that needs done. I believe that I can fully anticipate what will happen next whenever a situation or problem is thrown at me while in my teacher’s classroom.
Reflections: I think I’m ready to do my lesson or at least be giving major instructions to the class. This week, I did my second one on one instruction and the kid fully understood and his art came out pretty decent looking. It’s great to know that the children are willing to listen to what I have to say and take it and interpret it on to a piece of paper. It’s also quite crazy how imaginative the students can be if they truly try!
Stories: I was sitting at my teacher’s desk taking notes and all of a sudden this third grader comes up to me and stares. I’m a little taken back by it but I notice that she is holding her dress up in a weird way. I tell her that it would be okay if she went to the bathroom. She doesn’t say anything and just says that she had an accident. I could not believe it, A THIRD GRADER! I grab my teacher and she writes her a note to the nurse and talks to her. We think that maybe her monthly thing came… if you know what I mean.
Observations: This week I have noticed how worldly the students are. Because of their age, I assumed they would only care about shows they watch, school and music they listen to but I was honestly surprised when they started to talk about real world problems. I have to wonder if this is because of their parents or because of their teachers? Do they talk about what is happening outside of school on a regular basis? Also, is this important to the development of children and should it be a requirement in curriculum?
Learning Experience: Since I have been at the school longer and longer, I feel that students are finally starting to acknowledge my presence in a somewhat respectful manner. I see that they appreciate my feedback and what to hear what I have to say. I told a child (One child, that’s it) that I am eighteen and then all of a sudden they entire room could not believe I was that old. If eighteen is old, I’m screwed in the future. This week showed me that I have the potential to own the power of a teacher.
Reflections: CHILDREN ABSORB EVERYTHING THEY HEAR. I swear I have to be so careful. You don’t realize it before you step into the classroom but as soon as you do, you realize everything you say is taken to heart or purposely ignored. With that, you have to tip toe around things. When a student come up to you to show their art work and ask what you think, you have to say “Wow! Looks great!” even though it could look so bad and barely recognizable to what it is truly is. You don’t want to hurt their feelings on something they can’t control.
Stories: So, I was sitting and helping this kid because he came in late. I was teaching him the instructions that the teacher just taught and then all of a sudden another kid at my table and other children from the adjacent table started talking about inauguration day. They continued to talk about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I was baffled. Then the kid I was teaching, looked up at me and said “People didn’t like Hillary Clinton because she wanted to keep Obama Care.” Like how would he know that? I didn’t understand anything like that when I was in fourth grade.
3/13/17 – 3/17/17
Observations: In this past week, I have realized that depending on your teacher and the students, the children change their behavior depending on their surroundings. I know a child who lives near me and she came into my classroom this week. She recognized me and immediately fell quiet. She barely spoke the fifty minutes she was in the room. I was shocked. Typically, she tries to talk your ear off but no! Complete. Utter. Silence. I think we both didn’t know how to react to each other outside our typical environment.
Learning Expierence: Especially in art, some kids are more naturally talented than others. However, in my teacher’s classroom, she has tricks so that every child can do the project. Most of these tools are simple. For example, the students can fold their paper in order to get a straight line or smudging in order to create a shadow. Her ability to adapt to the contraints of others shows through the way she explains directions and draws in front of the kids. Being able to adapt is really important in order to be a teacher.
Reflections: LITTLE KIDS ARE EASIER TO HANDLE. With younger children, it is much easier to take control of a situation and create a practical solution. With older kids, the number of question that use ‘why’ is everlastung. It’s so hard to give a logical explanation to why you are doing something. However, it is ok to not give them an explanation because you are the authority figure in that room and they should respect it. My teacher very much exemplifies this quality. There is no need for explained reasoning behind her actions to the children because she has the authority.
Stories: Ok. So one day this past week I was helping this little girl with drawing with stencils. Granted she was in quite little but she told me that I HAD to help her. It was so funny to think that this little girl thought she had control over me. She also wanted me to tickle her which I found confusing. Who actually wants to be tickled?
Observation: My teacher is so sweet and is very organized especially for an art teacher. The believe that the kids like her a lot and knows every single child in the school. To quiet the kids, she uses a bell (sometimes) and count down from three. Also, for her lesson, she sometimes reads a book and creates a project that corresponds with it. Considering that she has to meet hundreds of children and keep all their materials in one specific place, is quite impressive! I can’t wait to spend the next few months in her classroom.
Learning experience: Upon my second day there, I realized that not every child will coroporate with you even though you’ve known them for either a whole year or a day. I will say that the students were very accepting and wanted to know things about me but I realized just because you’re older does not mean they will “respect” me. I have to learn to adapt to every child and understand that they will be on edge with me until they know they can trust me. I had a student come up to me and ask if I like there art compared to another student’s art. As an “adult”, I had to keep my opinion quiet even though obviously one was. Ether than the other.
Reflections: I saw a student two students try to go at it and obviously it had been going on for a long time. The three of them were calling each other names including fatty and midget. I noticed that there was a proper way to go about it which over doing my presence in the classroom. However, the teacher handled it but it happened again when one of them was standing at the back of the line and another student came up to him and got in his face. Shoot! If someone got in my face like that, I would have done the same thing the child waiting in line did. He pushed him to get him off of him. The teacher handled it again. I realize that no matter what grade, race, height, build or gender you are, bullying happens.
Stories: So…. I was sitting at the teacher’s desk taking notes and I overhear these three boys talking to each other. Then out of no where, a boy began singing about constipation. I was shocked and couldn’t help but giggle under my breath. What else can you expect for an elementary school student!?