9/19/08: Initial Reactions...Short and Sweet:
We obviously have not begun our field placements and thus, I have no discussion as far as that is concerned. However, I thought I would make a first post just to get myself inthe habit of reflecting at least once a week on teaching-related events…
10/11/08: Long time...no rant =(
I have finally taught my first lesson in lab. Though I was undoubtedly perspiring THEentire time...I think it went fairly well. It was interesting after talking to my mom (whomhas been an educator in the same district for 30+ years) and she said that she still has thehardest time standing up in front of her peers. This eased my nerves a little (maybe it'snot just me). However, having that under my belt, even though it was only a ten minutelesson on the wonderful world of passive and active voice, I feel like I have overcome thefirst hurdle.Of course, I say this as I move on to discuss my next hurdle: the Lead a Discussion project. Allow me to preface this with: yuck, yuck, did I mention yuck? I am, of course,not referring to the assignment (which I think was well-needed), but to my performance. Ithought with my above-mentioned ability to rant I would have no problems leading adiscussion. Boy, was I wrong. Uptake, Uptake, Uptake. I need to work on my uptake.However, I must applaud my ability to re-word and re-pose the same question fourteenthousand times (pat on the back for that one). Needless to say, it was a learning lesson. Atfirst I was truly disheartened...but now I think I have realized that I am still so new at thisand that is why I am in 407 to learn and improve…
10/14/08: Is it just me...or are high schoolers giants?
I am finally in my placement--and finally in a high school. It’s weird; the lockers are bigger and the hallways are structured to insure that the new teacher, student, or visitor gets lost (and I did, but was still on time thankfully). Furthermore, the students (guys andgirls alike) are huge. Of course, I mean heightwise. I always thought that I was of averageheight--but they make me feel short. This will probably make it even more difficult for me to be an authority figure. I guess I just have to work on a nice 'I mean business' faceand accompany it with a direct tone.
10/18/08: Indecisiveness Cured?
So, I happen to be one of the most indecisive people in the world. I think I always fear that the decision I make will ultimately leave me bitter and regretful--even if it is assimple as what shoes to wear, or what to eat for lunch. But I feel like there is one thing Iknow for sure (disclaimer: this post is about to get dreamy and perhaps, a bitsentimental). I am a teacher. Okay, not certified just yet. But, I cannot picture myself doing anything else. I pretty much never want to leave my placement. I don't think I'veever been surer of anything. That's comforting.
10/22/08: Schools just smell right.
Allow me to elaborate on this seemingly awkward tagline. They say smell is the strongestsense tied to memory. Though I always wondered who the infamous 'they' was in allthose 'well, you know they say....' statements, I buy this one. I have a really strong sense