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 in a freshman classroom who endured 6 weeks of day to day subs after the classroom teacher went out on medical leave. That experience lasted 3 months. I was utterly unprepared for the difficulty managing students in the midst of such chaos. This experience provided me a great deal of humility and showed me that many of my definitive ideas about the nature of education had to be revised. Fortunately, though, I ended the year in a more stable situation for a teacher who went out on maternity leave. This taught me that difficult times can certainly end well and I can be better off for having had them.
This school year has been my first year of full time teaching. I teach 9th grade physical science, physics, and AP physics in Cook County in Minnesota. This has been a rigorous load. Next year, my school does not offer physics, but chemistry. Therefore I will be teaching at another school. I am in the process of getting this arranged now.
This year, I have learned many lessons, which I hope to elaborate on in future posts.