This semester has been the hardest for me because I took like sixteen credits this semester and never knew that taking three education courses would be a lot of work. But I challenged myself and made it through. I like taking Education 2350 because it made me move out from my comfortable space and build relationship with my classmates. It made me see that there is different lesson plans and it made me think deeply and I had hard time with the last lesson plan because it was difficult to build an IB lesson plan. I learned new ideas and there was moments in class where some of the agreements we had made me think of how I would like my class and who will I be as a teacher in a couple of years. The most important thing I like from this class is when the Seward tour happened because I had to work with a different age group of students that I never imagined to teach. It was difficult at the beginning because some student weren’t focusing and asking other questions that sometimes one didn’t have answers. It made me feel that I had control and that I was their teacher that day and I had to have thing prepared, even though some things I planned had to change. It was a great experience to see different students during the tour and made me realize that I was made for this profession that I want to be, which is a teacher that will work with students and encourage them to never give up. It was fun taking this course and hearing different ideas of my classmates.
I have been volunteering all this semester at Marcy Open School. I have observed 95:46 hours this semester. I have been working with a group of students on their math work. It work with students on their word problems and went step by step how to solve them. They had a difficult time understanding how to do the word problems using a different strategy. Also I have helped the teacher grade some assessments like words their way, some math worksheets that they have done and other things that students have been doing. It made me see that being a teacher isn’t that easy because there are a lot of worksheets to grade and prepare for the class.
Evidence of family:
The school is very welcoming when you enter the school. You have to push a button before you can enter to the building because they want to keep the children safe and the visitors go directly to the office to check in. There are bulletin boards that show the work of students and dates of important events that will happen in school. It is very nice to navigate through the school because you can ask questions to Phillips who is in charge of the school where each classroom is or the doors of each grade are decorated and say first, second and etc., which describes the grade they are. In the classroom that I am working now, it is very welcoming to families because when you enter the room you can see how colorful and peaceful it is. The teacher always greets you and there is work of each student are in the walls or you can see students working on their work. I have seen that some families come to talk with her and she takes her time with the families by telling them how their child is doing and what things he could improve if they are struggling in something. Tiffany is a very good teacher and takes care of her children and puts a lot of effort in helping children and communicating with families. I have seen that some parents email her and she takes her time responding them back. Some of the parents receive their newsletter by email because it is easier for the families and others receive paper copies of their newsletter.
- I got the opportunity to work in a group of three students who are very nice and like working with me during math. I go with them step by step of how to solve the word problems. Usually I will sit with these students on the floor and each of the students brings their clipboard and the hundreds chart. I try to challenge them by asking them if they could try a different way to find the answer to the word problem. I could see that they would get frustrated on their work because they wanted to add always but they had to subtract. They would always call my name when they needed more help or wanted to show their work and see if they were on the correct track.
- Before thanksgiving break I got the opportunity to work with the students on an activity where they got the opportunity to design a turkey. First I got two students to come up to the table and put one of their hands on the paint and then put it on a white piece of construction paper. After the paint was dried, they got the opportunity to write on each finger that was in the sheet and say what they were thankful for in this thanksgiving. It was nice seeing each student write nice things and I got to communicate with each student.
- The other thing that I liked is that I got the chance to do a do an assessment on spelling words. I asked three o four students to grab a clipboard and a pencil. Then I took them to the hallway were each of the students were separated. After handing them a piece of paper I started to do the spelling test. They had six spelling words, which I gave a sentence using each word. I think that it helped and they were listening very carefully to the pronunciation of each word.
I could see that the teacher manages the classroom very good and tries to meet the standards she had to follow for that year. She tries to make work fun for the students by showing them different way of how to solve the problems or do an activity that engages the children each day. I think that all the things that I have done in this class, has made me see that I still want to be a teacher and work with students where I will try to establish goals for each one and have good communication. It made me realize that one has to prepare lessons and try to meet the goals for the whole class. It takes a lot of time to do something and try to make students be engaged. I learned a lot of techniques from the teacher and she gave me good advice of how to teach a second grade classroom. It has been the best experience to volunteer at this second grade classroom and I will still continue to volunteer.
The question that I would ask is “how would you try to engage those students who are always distracted and trying to talk to their neighbors? What can you do or what things do you have on mind because they are always going on time outs, but they still do the same thing all over again?
The most important things that I learned from EDUC 1500 is the history of education, creating your own educational philosophy, achievement gap and observing in a classroom where one gets to see if what kind of philosophies the teacher is using in their classroom. The moments that contributed to my thinking is when we got the opportunity to learn about the history of education and what was the meaning of education. It made me think that some ideas that I had on mind were kind of right but it helped me understand why one cares a lot of education and how we should view as we get more experience in the field. I think that some questions that will be in my mind is “What is my educational philosophy and would it change through the years? What can I do to help children and that they aren’t left behind? How will I get student to be engaged in their learning?” I challenge my self with some of the reading by thinking outside the box, which means that I thought how will I use these things that are described in the reading in my class. I wondered how difficult it could be, but it could help me progress and if I don’t try I will never know. It made me think a lot when I was doing the reading and ask questions to myself. A lot of the things that I learned about the achievement gap and how school is funded helped me see things different and made me see how I could help students and what a teacher can do so the students progress and never give up. This class was amazing and made me see things different and challenged myself.