Student Teaching: First Grade
Long Term Sub: First Grade
During my student teaching I learned a lot from my anchor teacher and I feel as though I am more prepared than ever with all that I have learned from her. I was asked by administration to become a long term substitute for 3 teachers who would be going on maternity leave. I actually started my substitute job in early December for a teacher on extended sick leave. It was for FIRST GRADE! This opportunity really let me use everything I learned from LSUS and my anchor teacher. Going into substituting in this First Grade room I had to try and fix a few behavior issues. This is when I started implementing everything I learned in my Anchor Teachers room. I feel as though I really grew as a teacher during that experience and these students also grew during my time there. I may not have fixed all behavior in that room but I grew relationships with those ones that needed a little extra love. I enjoyed every bit of being in First Grade.
I started in Kindergarten on March 1st and remained there until Mid April. I was so excited to learn even more during this new experience. Coming from First to Kindergarten I knew the content and was ready to teach! The biggest thing I learned in Kindergarten was Classroom Management. I felt as though I had already learned a lot during student teaching in First Grade but there was still so much left to learn. This Kindergarten class had so many tools that helped with classroom management and now I can't wait to implement that in my classroom. The students had many Call Backs, Book Box system that helps the day run so much smoother, Family atmosphere, and the Clip Down chart was used more for positive reinforcement and less about negative behavior.
I finished out the school year in 4th Grade Science. To be completely honest I was nervous. I was nervous because the kids were done with testing so they probably thought all the learning was done because they will have a sub the rest of the year. That was wrong, I went in knowing what was left to teach and getting that done. Going back to upper grades I got to start using more technology again and learn even more than I did in 3rd grade! Teaching Science was a different experience for me but I learned a lot about that content. I also got to experience my FIRST Field Day!
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