As impossible as it is for me to believe, I am done with student teaching. I finished last Tuesday, and I have spent the past week getting my life back in order. For me, part of getting everything back in order means getting back to blogging. I have been shamefully absent the past couple of months, but I have more time now, and I plan on blogging on a much more regular basis.
To get back in the swing of things, I wanted to take this entry to share some of the lessons I learned while student teaching. I had an amazing student teaching experience, and I learned so much throughout it. It only makes sense to me that I would come back here and share those lessons with all of you.
- Plan everything.
- Be flexible with your plans and able to change them.
- Procedures are everything.
- Model everything. It’s important for students to see how to do an assignment.
- Some lessons flop, and that’s OK.
- Think on your feet and be able to make changes in the moment.
- Good classroom management is key.
- Planning a unit is hard. Really really hard.
- A good team has your back.
- It’s better to overplan than underplan.
- There’s always room for improvement.
- Reflection is of the utmost importance.
- There will be bad days.
- Have a backup plan.
- Students will sometimes be mean to you. Sometimes those are the students you’ll have the strongest bond with.
- Rubrics are important.
- You will plan and plan and replan. At least in the beginning.
- It’s long hours. Really long hours.
- In the end, you’ll love it, and it’ll be awesome. You’re following your passion and chasing the dream you’ve had since you were fifteen. You’re where you’re supposed to be, and life is good.
My last lesson is, to me, the most important lesson. I have wanted to teach since I was 15, a sophomore in high school! It’s been a long journey to where I am now, but I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. I know that I am exactly where I am supposed to be, and I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing.
It’s been a really long time since I posted anything. For a while I was doing better with posting regularly, and then, quite simply, I wasn’t. Life got busy and student teaching started which has been crazy and hectic and awesome all at once. It’s given me a lot of different things that I want to share with all of you, but today is not that day.
Today I just wanted to say hello and say that I haven’t forgotten about this little fledgling blog. I actually think about this blog a lot. I want to be posting more. Every day I learn new things or discover new things or create new things that I think would be great to write about on this blog.
And then I come home, and I’m tired, and I don’t post. And that’s bad. I need to work on my time management and productivity. It’s kind of an across the board thing. It’s a goal, and I’m good with goals. And to do lists. I have a lot happening in life right now, and I just need to start managing everything better.
I start student teaching in just a few very short days. And I’m still preparing. I’m still getting papers in order and filling out different worksheets. So much of getting ready for student teaching – for me at least – is getting everything organized. That’s why I’ve spent the past couple of days organizing all the papers I’ve accumulated over the past year or so. There are worksheets and vocabulary lists and writing handouts. And there are articles and templates and a million other little things. And with them all organized and in pretty color coded binders, maybe I’m just a little bit more prepared.
If you weren’t aware, it’s almost time for the school year to start. I’m excited for the school year to start; I always am. I love taking new classes and buying new school supplies. I genuinely enjoy writing papers and making note cards and completing projects. Maybe that’s a little weird, but it’s genuinely me, and genuine is important.
This year is a little different. This year I’m on the other side of the desk. I’m finishing grad school and student teaching this fall. Then I’ll be a certified teacher and able to go get a big girl job. And that’s kind of a big deal.
I’m really excited for student teaching. I have seventh and eighth graders which is exciting. And I know for a fact that I’ll get to teach them narrative writing in October which is really exciting for me because I love writing.
I love reading when I get to be the reader. But I’m finding that I love both sides of writing. I love actually writing, and I love teaching writing. I think it’s great to get to teach students about writing and help them find their voice.
School starts next week in my neck of the woods, and I’m really looking forward to it. What about all of you?