I was only able to spend one day with my students this week as there was no school on Monday and my co-op and I were off to the Internship Seminar from Wednesday-Friday. Although it was hard to leave the classroom I have so been enjoying, the seminar was an invaluable experience that lead me to several “Aha! moments.” Over the past three days I have been able to build a relationship with my cooperating teacher and establish common goals and expectations for my time in the school. I felt as if I was finally able to fit all of the puzzle pieces together and see the big picture. What a great feeling!
On Thursday we were able to sit down and create a contract, using a template from the university that outlined everything from where I should park, to what I will be teaching, to my role in extra-curricular activities. The contract will guide me through my internship and has already proved to be helpful in answering questions that both my cooperating teacher and myself have. For me, the most exciting part of creating the contract was deciding on what my main units will be during my full time block! I am excited to say that they will be……
Science: 5 Senses
Social: Environmental Harmony
ELA: Author Study (Leo Lionni)
Health: Healthy Snacking
Math: TBA as we work through the Math Makes Sense Program
One thing that really shocked me through our dialogue activities this week, was how I came across when talking about classroom management. Without thinking whenever the topic came up, I would shudder or immediately name that to be my greatest weakness. Why? Well part of me thinks that because this topic is “shoved down our throats” by the university as a continual problem. So, I have come to view it as just that, a problem rather than a strategy. I also think that my gut response is negative because the majority of my schooling viewed classroom management as a quite classroom, and we simply do not see that in the field, and we shouldn’t see that in the field. Learning should be engaging, and hands on, and loud at times! My personal conflict appears to be that I have changed my option of what learning should/can look like, but my definition of successful classroom management has not caught up! Maybe I am better at classroom management than I thought. After-all, what’s more important students being engaged and on task, or students being quite?