I have just finished my third week/ second official week of student teaching. Yesterday, my classroom teacher was in meeting all afternoon. Today, my teacher was absent. We talked about the plans prior to but I have never taught more than a 45 minute lesson at one time. Yesterday was my first time teaching more than those few 45 minute lessons. The plus was that my class’s teacher aid and a substitute where there with me. Today there was different sub and the teacher aid was sick. Only three kids cried, four students went to the nurse, one student went home sick, and one student had 2 1/2 nose bleeds.
One student (the one who went to the nurse and ended up going home because he was sobbing because of an ear ache) came up to me today and told me he was not smart. I asked him why he did not think he was smart and he told me it was because he could not read. I explained to him that just because he could not read the same books the teacher reads during the read aloud did not mean he was not smart. I have heard a million stories from my professors and other teachers about those moments when you have the opportunity to give a student encouragement like that. I was glad I had that opportunity today.
There is nothing like the trial by fire approach to student teaching! The best part of the day though, was when (even though I made quite a few of them move their clips for not doing what they were supposed to) half of the students came up and gave me a giant group hug. Even though the day was stressful and I had to be pretty stern with most of them, they were still glad I was in their classroom. That makes all the fuss and hard work and the difficulties of balancing 27 different peoples needs and education worth my time. Even though things went well I hope my classroom teacher and the aid will be back on Monday!