Saturday, October 1, 2016

Week Seven of Student Teaching: In Which I Get Called an Old Goose.

This week was "College Go" week at our school. I was the only "staff" at the school who attended an online college. I think those of us who learn online don't get the respect we deserve. I think people look at us as having a sub-par education but that's far from being true.  If anything, we work harder than those who sit in a classroom. We have to be self-starting, self-motivated, and practice a ton of research skills.

I can honestly say I'm really proud of my college and my accomplishments through them. I'm not in the least bit embarrassed because I know how hard I've worked. I know how demanding the coursework has been and still is. I don't know of any other teacher's college that is as vigorous as mine in terms of expectations and evaluations. 

Out of 2400 Teachers College programs, my online college is #1 in secondary education and #16 in elementary education. That's nothing to sneeze at. I'm really proud of that, too.

It could be my imagination and insecurity, of course, but I honestly don't think some of the professionals at my placement believe I'm a legitimate, high-quality, well-qualified candidate for future employment. Heck, I'm not even sure they believe I'm a high-quality human being, but that's a post for another blog on another day. (And trust me, I'm definitely going to be blogging about a few things once I put some distance between me and this student teaching thing...)

This week was another difficult week for our special education students due to there being an interruption in our third period Life Skills class (again). The first day we didn't really understand what was going on and where we were all supposed to go afterwards. But it was a super cool thing they did, and I can't complain for myself. I was super pleased with how it turned out! Check out the video below and see for yourself!

Isn't that awesome?

During the first thirty minutes of every third period this week, all students reported to home rooms by grade. This was to help them with taking surveys and learning about going to college. We had the ninth graders in our room. Since I didn't have a teaching degree yet (even though I have other degrees), my supervising teacher led Tuesday's activity of talking about her degree and how she obtained it. 

On Wednesday, I led the students in taking an interest survey. They seemed to enjoy it, and I had fun learning what careers the students were interested in. On Thursday they took a college-type survey to learn what types of colleges they might want to pursue. I enjoy interacting with the students, especially if I can forget I'm being watched by other teachers and staff. That's the really difficult part of student teaching. I feel like I'm under the microscope every second. The one time I may do something sub-par will the very second someone important walks in <sigh>.

The highlight of our week in Life Skills was making donuts on Friday. We used canned biscuits, cut a hole in the middle of them and fried them. We made icings and added sprinkles. I have to admit they turned out really yummy!

Next week will be my mid-term evaluation. I'll be evaluated on teaching a social skills lesson. I hope it goes well. I feel myself losing a little enthusiasm for this high school placement. Not because of teaching and not because of the students. Not at all. Because of other things. But it's probably just fatigue talking. I need some sleep. And some good veggie juice de-tox from eating those donuts!

I'm curious about how I'll feel about my last day there. Maybe life is making it easy for me to say goodbye there. I don't know. I just know that graduation day for me is going to be a super, duper happy day. Where I go from there, time will tell!

One of the funny things that happened this week was when a student with autism was upset with me and called me an Old Goose. I found it humorous, but of course, I had to correct him gently for being disrespectful. I understood the sentiment because he had to do homework he'd missed instead of watching a movie on Friday. I've been called much worse things! Old Goose I can handle.

I spent most of my evening tonight making a gift album for my students. Now I'm wondering if I should make them a video or not. Or if a three-dimensional hard-copy gift is better. I just don't know. Maybe I'll do both. It depends on what kind of time I have. 

One more week to go in high school! And then, I'll be doing eight weeks at the middle school. Whose idea was it again to get a K-12 license??? Oh yeah. That'd be me.

Is it December 2 yet??

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