Our class has had the benefit of having a student teacher all year… until today. Today we celebrated her accomplishments and wished her well as she moves onto the hunt for her very own classroom.
Having a student teacher share your class and your space can make a teacher a bit dependent. I can't help feeling a bit anxious when I picture Monday morning. I imagine myself standing in that dark door way frozen in fear!
Will I remember to:
- turn on the lamps
- gather ALL teaching materials
- set up the tables with student work mats
- choose read aloud books
- login to the computers
- pair blue tooth speaker with iPad
- turn on projector
- tune on document camera
- sharpen pencils
- change the student jobs
- compose a morning message
- refill paper trays for writers workshop
- answer parent emails
- refill caffeinated beverage
- visit the ladies room
- greet the kids at the door
- take attendance
- check in books
- schedule reading groups
- confer with kids
- watch the morning announcements
- send the kids to lunch, recess, special
- and ….
Hmm… What am I forgetting? Only Monday will tell.
I am sure you're wondering how this post fits the celebration linkup by now. I am celebrating the opportunity to share a class and a classroom with a student teacher and my new perspective on teaching.
As I guided and coached our student teacher I noticed~
- teaching isn't as easy as it appears
- coaching isn't as easy a it appears
- thinking on your feet as a teacher isn't easy
- thinking on your feet as a coach isn't easy
- choosing a teaching point is challenging
- choosing a coaching point is challenging
- getting to know students is crucial
- getting to know student teachers is crucial
- reflection is essential to teaching
- reflection is essential to coaching
- it isn't easy being a student
- it isn't easy being a coach
- this job takes grit!
So Monday, when I stand in that cold dark doorway I will take a deep breath, mumble some self talk and step inside, not with trepidation, but with perseverance and bravery.
Wish me luck!
Wish me luck!