What are you doing on National Scrapbook Day (May 5th)? I hope you'll make the time to do some scrapbooking! If you need a little inspiration (and who doesn't?) then join 12 of our favorite teachers from Big Picture Classes and Creating Keepsakes Magazine for 12 hours of scrapbooking fun!
Being a Fall student tecaher, I have experience with first and second quarter teaching. Personally I feel that there are pros and cons to each, as there are with most things, but I also feel that my first quarter placement actually went smoother than my second in the area of classroom rules/procedures. With my first placement, I loved coming in on the very first day of school to meet all of the new students who were there to meet their new peers and new tecahers. I wasn't the only new kid . I got to learn all of the rules and routines and procedures right along with each of the students and having to gradually learn these patterns with the students was very helpful and reflected in my teaching.Entering a classroom 8 weeks into school, I miss out on all of that. There is no longer instruction on the rules and routines, the students have already formed their habits. It was up to me to pay attention to everything they did and how my cooperating tecaher disciplined and dealt with different situations. I was the new student and felt that I may not have immediately come off as a tecaher to them because I hadn't been there all along like I was in my first placement.In my second placement I am completely comfortable being in front of a class and more comfortable with classroom management techniques which I can attribute to the experiences I gained in my previous placement and further practice in this placement. It did, however, take me longer to become adjusted to classroom procedure, and taking time to learn this took extra time away from planning and preparation for the classroom which could, in turn, take a toll on my teaching.
Sounds like a fabulous day!
I would love it!
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