Posts tagged education
Posts tagged education
I am leaving for South Korea this weekend!
I will be there a year teaching!
I can’t decide if I should continue on this blog or to make a new one.
I will soon be visiting the Korean Consulate in my state so that I can get my visa and then book my ticket to South Korea. So, this time next month I will be in South Korea teaching!
Wow. It felt like it was just yesterday that I was looking up information on teaching english abroad. And now, I’m at my final steps to this goal.
I love, love, love the age group I got my degree in— teaching math and science to 4th through 8th graders. but I feel like I need some more me time before I jump in the classroom.
I’m excited and nervous all at the same time for teaching english to korean kids. I’m excited because I love korean culture and teaching, but sad because its not math or science. At least its teaching, just not my intended focus subject or age group.
Right now my concern is what will I be doing when I get back. I ask because although I graduated as an education major, I have yet to take the state tests for certification to actually be a teacher. Without this certificate schools will not even look at me when I get back to the states.
Perhaps I shouldn’t jump into public teaching when I get back next year. I feel like it would be overwhelming. So…. I guess I will be a substitute for a year when I get back. I’m not looking forward to that. while subbing, I guess I will study and take state certification tests because I might forget my basic math and science skills. Why didn’t I take my tests sooner? Crud.
Is just torture.
And I’m not talking about the fancy restaurants that you go on dates or they serve wine. I’m taking about a small country restaurant where farmers, truck drivers and ranchers still pay 5% tip and 10% if they’re really happy.
I worked this job every weekend student teaching and will be working for the next few months until my new teaching job contract starts.
The hardest part is getting little to no respect from customers. Its a different when I’m the teacher. I expect and command respect. Its made clear. But I can never cross these lines as a waitress. Because then I get complaints and less tips.
Last week I started to get conceited because I was a few days from graduating. And now I’m graduated. I hope I’m not a big jerk. But its a horrible situation for a job. I’m paid the bare minimum by both hourly wage and customers.
You’re probably asking why I started working there and why I haven’t left yet. Well, its a family restaurant so I’m obligated to work there.
My professor for student teaching always gave me a hard time for juggling both priorities. If anything, having both responsiblities helped train me for if I plan to teach public education and had a 2nd job or did night school for masters.
I learned not to do just the minimum this semester. I learned that life isn’t about putting all your time and effort into perfectly typed lesson plans. Its the hard work in the classroom and the other priorities you do to juggle to be there for your students.
So this weekend I go into work now as a graduate with a college degree. I survived student teaching every weekday and teaching on the weekend. I basically worked everyday for 7-8 hours and got off on holidays. I am thankful for my journey so far. I just hope this doesn’t make me conceited.
Really, I’m just the same as anyone who works hard. Im a hard worker. Im a recent graduate trying to make it.
Please remember to tip your waitress well. 15% is the minimum.
Being a Substitute again
I was a sub for another 5th grade class, not my homeroom, for half a day today. My homeroom class was kind of jealous. The class I was subbing for was happy when they saw me, they called me the “cool sub.” At the end of the day I realized that cool sub meant “we can do whatever we want because she was a student teacher and doesn’t really know our routines.” It wasn’t too horrible, but I knew that the students were being hooligans on purpose.
The teacher left a math lesson for me to conduct. I basically had to figure out how to do it 15 minutes before class. I liked it but I just feel that I should have had more of a background on how to teach math with a balancing model. I had never seen basic algebra compared to a balancing beam. I liked the idea, but I know I didn’t teach it well enough.
In science lab today students were asked to look at science books about animals and draw something that was interesting to them. The pictures would then be submitted to their teacher. One student came up to me to show his completed work. It was a bunny with flippers, pig nose, beak, and other animal features. My initial reaction was “that doesn’t look very scientific.” He replied “Well, the [G/T teacher name] said it was creative.” I then paused and answered, “I’m sorry, it is creative. You combined different animal features to make a new animal. I didn’t look at it close enough. That must have taken a lot of hard work. Good job.”
I had been focused so much into “sub mode” that I forgot to recognize student’s creativity and learning process.
I substituted my students a week after student teaching. It was horrible. I mean, I missed them buuuuuut, I didn’t feel like it at the end of the day.
Here’s the story.
My teacher needed to leave after lunch, but didnt tell the students. So, students see me when I pick them up after lunch and they are happy to see me. Students are jumping, hugging me, smiling. Immediately we go to recess, but 7 students have to sit out due to teacher’s instructions. Then, those students don’t like me because I make them sit out.
We then switch classes after recess. The next class was just as happy as the previous to see me so. But, they treated me like any other sub when I passed out the busy work for the next 2 hrs.
1) Math packets
2) Science Report
I asked students to be in desk the whole class time and could talk but they shouldnt get off task or distract others. It was weird having students treat me like a substitute and not their student teacher they just had. I felt like I had to start all over with these students. Almsot as if I had lost some respect because I was just a sub now.
How do subs deal with busy work?
As I’m writing my thesis, I’m trying to figure out if I should include how throughout my student teaching there was a constant strive to not to fall into the typical teacher wardrobe of black slacks, neutral top and black sweater.
I feel like I really have something.
Clothes reflect how you feel when you put them on and clothes let your students know how you feel.
Is this topic worthy of a sub chapter in my thesis?
My homeroom class made me cards, my other class wrote me letters, and my CT got me a gift. The cards were cute, the letters were meaningful and the gift was thoughtful.
I only let myself cry for 3 seconds and then I moved on. I tried not to cry because once I do, its hard to clear my eyes.
But man, my students are amazing. My heart goes out to all of my students. I wish them all the love and happiness in the world.
I gave them all small treat bags with a personal note inside such as:
Now, I hope I can sub my class, or at least the school to see my kiddos again. They have a month of school left and I have a month until I’m still in the area.
I will be back in a year after next month, and I would like to visit them in their next school. I wonder if I can.
Although I’ve sat in a handful of presentations and watched a ton of TEDtalks, I’m still going crazy.
Topic: Chronicles of a Student Teacher.
What I have so far : “Hello, my thesis is over my student teaching experience. This is important because this is how one school in Texas works to teach and engage its students on a daily basis….”
and then I originally had a script of the background, procedures, methods, descroption and conclusion.
But that just sounds boring.
Maybe I should tell multiple stories on how I gained rapport as an educator in this school.
What would you teach if there wasn’t state standards?
I find myself running into more misconceptions in science than math.
I’m not sure if its more, but rather I’m aware of more math misconceptions than science.
This means that I’m stronger in teaching math and am still fuzzy on science when I am teaching.
I know this because:
1) My professor told me during my last observation
2) My students were confused on their homework