Yesterday I stumbled across my blog, which I have ignored for the past year and a half. At that time I was just just starting my student teaching experience. Despite good intentions I did not blog throughout. I had a good student teaching experience. Immediately thereafter I was hired to teach in a Minneapolis school… Continue reading Whats happened since Student Teaching
I start student teaching Monday in a high school physics room. This morning I am visiting the classroom I am in to see the classroom dynamics I will be working with. I am glad I came in this morning to get a feel for morning traffic (bad at 7:30am), parking at the school (really bad),… Continue reading The student teaching journey begins.
In one of my teaching classes, we learned about the Understanding by Design educational model and multiple modes of understanding. The mode of empathy has stuck with me because on the surface it seems more affective than cognitive. However, as I have been in the classroom I am coming to appreciate how empathy requires a… Continue reading Empathy as a way of knowing
Today I was subbing in a special ed room with middle school. The lesson plan was to show the movie, “We are Marshall” during social skills class. I found it really interesting that when the movie started playing, classroom management issues went away including inattentiveness and poor behavioral choices. First this shows that these students… Continue reading The power of film
Last week I was in a 4th grade classroom for half the day and I STRUGGLED. I mean I REALLY struggled. Here are the issues I faced. 1. I allowed kids to try to tell me how the teacher “always does” something. 2. I had no plan for how to quiet kids or get their… Continue reading Why I am back in 4th grade
I am substitute teaching until I start student teaching. We are presently in week 4 of the school year and today I did my 13th sub job. I have worked a mix of elementary, middle, and high school in addition to special ed classrooms so far. Today I had a particular middle school job for… Continue reading Modifying my practice by subbing
When I reread my posts about my work in ministry, I now see how I was an educator serving in a ministerial role, trying to establish the structures of school into a church setting. This includes the methods I used for behavior management (or even the term behavior management itself), the lesson planning methods I used,… Continue reading Thoughts about Ministry after being out for just over three months