Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Something I have been thinking about during Clinical Practice. Why do some teachers plain suck? I have been observing multiple teachers from last semester and this semester. I have seen GREAT teachers all the way to HORRIBLE teachers. It is very sad to see students being taught by these horrible teachers. I can see how bored students are and how much students want to get out of that class. Where is the learning in at? Where are the student oriented activities? Where are the differentiations? Where are the no child left behind theme? I am glad that I am able to see a perfect example of a horrible teacher because I take notes much more when I do observe these horrible teachers. These notes become my DO NOT's as a future educator. I believe it is much needed to observe a wide variety or teachers out there to figure out what kind of teacher I will be and what type of teacher I will NOT be. I know we ALL have been complaining about having horrible master teachers or what not, but instead of looking it at a negative experience, I believe we should ALL look at it as a positive experience. An experience that we will make sure not to give to our students in the future.
Monday, May 7, 2012
I tweeted a question on tweekdeck regarding an article I have read in my Avid class. It was a very interesting topic that had students having to discuss and debate if students need technology breaks in the classroom? Pretty much the article was talking if giving students 2-3 minutes per class for students to chat, go online, text, etc, and hopefully students will not use their phones during learning time. The author did have interesting thoughts on the importance of giving the students the freedom in class for them to use their phones. He believed that if students know that they do have the free time without getting in trouble to use their phones, will prohibit students to use their phones during learning time. For myself, I believe that even though students are given technology breaks, this will not prohibit students to use their phone during class. For myself, I have taken away students phone multiple times during class. Students try to put it away before I take it away. I still take their phone away after giving them one warning. I even asked my students about this article while I was passing out papers and all students agreed they will still use their phones in the class even if they were given their technology breaks. I agreed as well!
A big question I have had is how to deal with students who causes the same problems in the classroom? I never had this problem first semester, however have been dealing with this problem constantly throughout second semester. I have tried various methods and I know that I need to figure out the one that works the best. I have tried methods that include, verbal warning, reassigning seating, and even to the point of kicking the student out of the class. For myself, it seems like verbal warning will only work the first time. After that, it seems like students think that the teacher will not do anything. Once I have kicked a student out of my class, the students knew I was committed in having a learning environment in the classroom to maximize classroom learning time. I am glad that I did experience classroom management during my second semester to learn for the future. I am glad that I kicked out a student out of my class. I am glad that I wrote referals. I am glad because I believe it is important to practice this in order to be able to be successful when I become a future educator. Of course, I hope that I do not have to kick anybody out again in the future.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
We are passed the half way mark and have been diligently working hard and learning a lot in my CP II. Last semester when I was doing my CP I, everything was going perfectly. Teaching two geometry class and having great students made CP I a breeze. Never had any classroom management issues or problems teaching. This semester, CP II has taught me a lot. I have two PLATO courses which are lab courses which has really put me to the test. Classroom management has been a huge challenge in my CP II and it has beaten me down. I do what all teachers must do. I get up whenever I fall and I keep striving to become a better teacher.
I have been helping out with the math club and also in AVID. I have been doing morning and lunch tutorials for any of my students who needs the extra tutorial. It feels like I have hit a wall by trying to do too much but I know this is going to help me grow as a future educator. I would like to get my hands on all aspects of school and not just teaching.
Friday, April 6, 2012
A much needed spring break came at the best time. Two weeks of clinical practice to get started. Then a week to relax and work on TPA 4. Good ol TPA 4. Last one standing in the way to become a future educator. You vs. Me. Mano to Mano. Its game time!
TPA 4 to me is not that bad. The first section is very long, roughly 1/2 of the TPA but it is exactly the same as all the other TPAs! My goal before school starts on tuesday is to be done with most of it. Most I mean 3/4 finished. Then I will record that week and finish the rest by reflecting on the last section! Cant wait to be done. IT HAS BEEN VERY TEDIOUS doing all four TPAs, but look on the bright side: WE ARE DONE!!!!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Almost finished with 2nd week of clinical practice. Bad news, this week has been rough. Good news, SPRING BREAK! Im here to discuss about the bad news. I am realizing the challenges and difficulty as a student teacher. Last semester was perfect with no challenges to where I thought I was a GREAT teacher. However, that dream lasted 1 semester. I have had more challenges in 2 weeks than I had all last semester. I am having difficulty with time management since I was so used to block schedules. I am also having difficulty with one of my classes since one of my CT is on maternity leave and I was left alone with a full time sub teaching a PLATO course (math lab class) by myself. Not only did I have to learn how the PLATO course works with the technology but also had to learn about classroom management. Lastly, the last challenge I have in my clinical practice is the challenge of not having the freedom to do what I want to do in the classroom. I have to follow a specific calendar and cannot be behind or be ahead of this calendar. Last semester my CT let me do whatever I wanted and we debriefed what went well and what I needed to change. This semester, everything seems scripted and I cannot teach freely.
Even with all these challenges, I am glad that I do have these challenges. Challenges will make me a better future educator. I would rather see all the challenges in my clinical practice than see it when I have my own classroom. This was a reality check and I hope that this will make me a successful future educator!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Week 1 of Clinical Practice
This week has been very exciting due to the first week of clinical practice. There has been a lot of changes from what I have learned from last year. I prepared myself during observations to get to know the students before my clinical practice started. This made the transition process quicker and smoother when I took over my CT's classroom.
I love my class! The students are amazing and it is great to teach an Algebra II course. The students are more mature and older so the classroom management aspect of it is not too bad. However, I am also teaching 2 plato courses in mathematics. Plato courses are lab classes where students are on the computers and learning their individual mathematic content. There is not too much teaching involved besides assisting students if they need help. The biggest challenge for myself in the plato classes is the classroom management aspect. These are students who have failed multiple times in a course and most of the students have lost motivation to learn. Students have to complete 100% of their modules to pass the course. There are many students in the class that are still taking their first semester course still. But I do enjoy trying different classroom management approaches and see what works and what does not work. My goal for ALL the students is to have them at 100% by the end of the semester. It is a huge goal but I know if I focus on them, and be prepared to fail, then I know I can prevail at the end of the semester.
Week 1 has been a success with wonderful students, wonderful teachers, and a wonderful OSL to make my clinical practice a comfortable learning experience as possible!