Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by strummercohen, May 28, 2016.
May 28, 2016
There was nothing remotely mocking about the post you are referring to.
??? You asked for our experiences. That's what you have received.
"Grad school" means graduate school - as in a master's program - not grade school.
Excuse me? You need to calm down and learn to read.
I was not mocking you in any way! I was telling you MY experiences, like you asked! After college, I worked at a daycare, THEN I went to grad school after I discovered I really liked working with kids. And I am ALWAYS grateful for my job at that daycare. That's how I ended up here; I didn't go to college for education (my BA degree was in english/creative writing)
This post is confusing. I don't see any mocking.
What am I missing?
To answer the original question, I had observed in classrooms and taught a few lessons to my college peers and the kids in the classes I observed, but I had no other experience than that. I didn't know anyone with para experience but several of my classmates had worked in daycare facilities. I've never subbed. My only experience in teaching other classes that are not mine are days admin wants us to switch positions for a few hours to appreciate everyone's job or covering a class for an hour in emergency situations. My student teaching time was the first instance of being the person "in charge" so to speak.
I am sorry I got so defensive and accused you of mocking me child whisper (that's some username by the way where did you get it)? I have just dealt with so much mess in my life I am going crazy and I am tired of people walking all over me. So, now I feel the need to stand up for myself. I get that you weren't mocking me. That is okay.
Why would you even think I was mocking you though? What in my post made you think that at all? I didn't say anything that would've made you or anyone so defensive.
Some of my old coworkers called me the child whisperer. That's why I used that name
Yes it was a typo.
I thought u were mocking me because of my own insecurities I projected on you for no good reason. Sorry.
Thanks child whisper and everyone for their experiences of student teaching without teaching experience. Keep them coming! Lets keep talking about this topic if we can! I could use all the examples I can get and I won't get defensive and accuse anyone of mocking me, I promise!
what grade level did you student teach in? Where do u teach now?
We all have our stories. I was a former prosecutor and private attorney before I went back to school, so I had no teaching experience when I started the program a couple years ago.I could define my student teaching as a success and a failure all in one 4 month session. I was actually a decent prosecutor but I started feeling sorry for some of the people I was convicting. I wish you luck on your journey.
May 29, 2016
I student taught without any paid experience - before that, I had only had:
One semester (15 weeks), where I observed for 72.5 hours
Two semesters (30 weeks) where I observed once a week and taught 20 lessons
I did well in my student teaching
Did you have any experience teaching a classroom before your student teaching? Which grade level do you teach now? Which subject?
I had very little experience outside of required practicum and observation hours. Interestingly, I knew I wanted to be a teacher in high school, but thought I wanted to teach younger kids, so I volunteered in elementary schools to read to children and I also helped out in a middle school science classroom (a friend of my mom's). In college I decided to be a high school teacher and I had no experience at that level. Most of my practicum was at the HS level, however it was mostly observations and I did a few lessons.
That being said, student teaching was very hard for me and I'm not going to get into the specifics, but I'm just glad it was only 12 weeks. It made my first year teaching feel like a breeze!
I had a split ST experience. 1/2 in a university based child development center and half in an inner-city Title 1 elementary school, grade 3.
What responsibilities did you have when you helped out in your mom's friends classroom?
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