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REACTION PAPER

Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber and future of an individual.

During my student teaching experience, I spent a lot of time preparing each presentation;
I work hard to research different ways to present the information for each lesson. I looked for
activities that my students would enjoy.

As such, I realized that I needed to be prepared as much as possible but more importantly,
I needed to be flexible because you’ll never know what’s going to come up or what will catch the
student’s attention. When creating lessons, remember that you need to be more prepare for
changes. Figure out alternative activities in order to help your day go as smoothly as possible and
allow your students to gain the most from the lesson.

In high school, I had a teacher who always encouraged us to “dare to disturb the
universe”, as quoted from T.S Eliot’s poem “The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock”. To me, this
means that we shouldn’t be afraid to do something different or to think outside of the box. When
it comes to students teaching, I found that I need to listen to the advice again. I wanted to excel
and I wanted my students to really learn the concepts.

What I found was that student teaching is the perfect time to think outside the box and try
different things. At least, I got to try them in a safe environment. And in the process, I got to
work on vital skills for teaching, such as classroom management. Luckily I had an awesome
cooperating teacher who set me free to try new things. Of course, it was always helpful to have a
cooperating teacher who review my presentation and advise me on things that I could do to
improve my ideas to ensure that they were viable in the classroom.

SHOW CONFIDENCE

Confidence is crucial for a great student teaching experience. Students need to see that
their teacher knows what he/ she is talking about. They need a teacher that demands respect.
When I first started as a Junior C. I, I found that my students not only respect me but felt more
comfortable talking to me too. Confidence means I could be myself while still demanding
respect from my students and colleagues.