3 weeks already?
Has it seriously been 3 weeks already? This experience has flown by, I can’t believe that it’s over! Unfortunately it’s back to classes for me and I’m sure going to miss teaching grade 9/10 math every day. It’ll be weird being the student now and not the teacher. This final week wasn’t as busy and crazy as the first two. My partner, Courtney, and I decided to get our week planned ahead of time so we could enjoy our last week rather then spending each noon hour photocopying/getting ready for our lesson, spending each evening planning and worrying about the lessons we have to create for the next day.
Looking back at my experience teaching I have realized how much I have grown compared to where I was on the first day of pre-internship. I am much more comfortable being up at the front of the classroom and am not embarrassed/ashamed when I don’t know the answer to one of the students’ questions or if I make a mistake when trying to explain things. Lesson planning has also become a lot easier to me, especially when I’m constantly teaching the same class so I could make consecutive lessons it seemed to go a lot smoother than it has in the past. Something I realize that I still need to work on is word choice and content knowledge. Although I did have an understanding of the topic that I was teaching, I need to be more aware about my word choices when explaining it to my students. I have never realized that little words/changes in words while explaining something would make a difference in their understanding.
We also had another “first” in our teaching career this week! Thursday our co-op was away and had a substitute come in, it just so happens that there was a fire in the science lab and the school had to be evacuated! We didn’t get informed of the procedures for fire escape and the substitute didn’t have a clue either, we ended up just following the crowds of students out of the school.
It has been a great experience for these past three weeks and I have learned so much about myself as a teacher. This experience has definitely clarified that I am where I’m supposed to be! I now can’t wait for internship to begin.