Weeks 2-3

The past couple of weeks have really flown by! I’ve gotten to teach about 75% of the day on some days and it has been going really well so far. There is a lot to learn and I’m grateful for my cooperating teacher and supervisor to help me along the way.

It has been great to see all of the work that truly goes into teaching. During my pre-student teaching, I would come and observe, do a lesson or two, and then leave during the day to go back to work. It is quite different seeing a full teacher’s day and all of the time and work that goes into it all. I’m excited to begin teaching more and more each week and to really dive into full-day teaching.

One topic I am continuing to work on right now in the classroom is classroom management. My CT uses a common clip chart that the students can clip up or clip down depending on their behavior. Many of the 4th graders are receptive to this motivation, but at this age there are a few that do not receive motivation through this. I still will implement it while in her classroom since the majority of the class responds well to it and it is something they are already used to.

I am trying to find a way to gain student attention throughout the day as well that works for my teaching style. I introduced on Friday during our end of the week class meeting that when I need their attention, I will be clapping twice and then holding my hand up and putting a finger down each second. This will signal to them that it is time to quiet down and redirect themselves to listening to me. If I get to 1 and they are not listening and focusing, I will receive a point. If they are settled down, then they receive a point. At the end of the week we will total the points and if they win, the class gets to clip up. If I win, they could potentially clip down. My goal of course is to not win.

After reviewing many strategies that teachers use to gain attention in a noisy classroom, this seemed to be a good way to start. I will see how it goes and adjust if necessary over the next few weeks. I think the clapping will be helpful since I do not have a very loud voice and many times when I do try to get their attention when they are all talking, it can be unheard. It will also help that they will see my signal of my hand up and fingers going down to direct them.

We shall see how this goes this week!

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Week One!

I began my student teaching on Monday January 5th and so far I’ve survived my first week! It has been so great to be a part of this 4th grade classroom and seeing all of the behind the scenes work that goes into teaching.

One thing that has really been great to keep me on track so far is this student teaching binder that I downloaded from teacherspayteachers.com. I can see myself using this site and community a lot when I become a teacher. The resources found on the site are amazing and come from such creative minds! It’s great for inspiration and to use things that other teachers have come up with for instruction.

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Click Here to get your own student teaching binder! The download is only $5 and has kept me super organized during the first week of student teaching. It is completely customizable for your own experience. For example – the resource pages are helpful to keep all of my standards and handouts in one spot for each subject – and I was able to edit them to fit the classroom I am in. I looked through many types of student teaching binder templates, and this one had the most options and seemed the most functional with the editable version. The cute blue chevron was a plus as well 🙂

The students have all made me feel so welcome in their classroom! On Monday they wrote letters during Tier Time to me introducing themselves and letting me know a bit about them. They were so fun to read – this class is full of creative and diverse minds and I’m so glad to be a part of it. They’ve also given me plenty of sweet notes and paper snowflakes.

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I am so excited for next week – I will begin picking up the morning routine procedures, doing two math introduction lessons, and starting a focus reading lesson on Wednesday. It will be picking up fast, but I know I’m up for the challenge and excited to learn from the experience.