My student teaching journey has rounded a corner. It feels good.
My practicum is over (and I miss my students so much). My final reports have been signed off on. My portfolio is complete. My job applications are submitted to the school districts I most want to work in. I am registered for summer classes and excited about the opportunity to learn about environmental education in particular. And now? Now I wait. While I wait I’m playing with my kids, working in my garden, catching up on reading (both professional and personal), and looking forward to graduating this fall and being a bona fide teacher.
Over the past few months in my grade 6/7 classroom I learned a lot about what it means to be a teacher. The good news is that my experiences solidified my decision to pursue this new career. When I am in the classroom working with students I feel like I fit. Teaching is awesome and I feel so privileged to be starting out in this field. What makes it awesome? Type A personality that I am, I made a list.
Things I Love About Teaching
- Hanging out with kids every day
- Blowing my students’ minds (subtracting negative integers, anyone?)
- Hearing insights from students that blow my mind
- Making art – and seeing my students make much better art
- Playing dodgeball and badminton and California kickball
- Having a whistle and a desk bell
- Introducing children to great books
- Getting to know families and neighbourhoods and communities
- Watching a student work and work and finally just get it
- Creating hands-on science activities, or, to put it another way, letting my students mix colours together in test tubes in a way that they actually learn something
- Throwing class parties
- Honouring the uniqueness in everyone
- Bonding with my students, and watching them bond with each other
- Helping kids to talk through problems and find solutions
- Field trips!
- Working with other members of the educational community who constantly inspire me
- Watching my students assume leadership roles and excel in the broader school community
- The funny things kids sometimes write or say
- Marking math tests (yes, I actually do love this)
- Sharing the amazing work that my students are doing with their parents
- Welcoming newcomers to Canada
- Choosing cool assignments
- Throwing away the lesson plan and getting together for a rich class discussion on the carpet