First day adventures

So, here is my reflection on my first day of student teaching at the high school!

I’m really looking forward to all that’s to come…

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8 thoughts on “First day adventures

  1. I am glad that your first day went well. I definitely have always considered myself to be a high school teacher. However, I am going to stay open to teaching middle school for now. I know what you mean though about it just feeling right. I had a similar experience when teaching 12th graders during my field placement.
    I think that it is great that your teacher focuses so much on showing the connections between English class and the world. By doing so, you are definitely addressing the “So what” question. Right now, I am trying to find an answer to that question before creating my unit. I am having trouble justifying why I would use certain available materials. It is sometimes difficult to use the resources available to address what you want to cover. It is so important for your students to see value in what you do and what you are teaching them. I am glad it is all going well. I can’t wait to hear more 🙂
    ~Lauren

    • I agree — deciding on what materials to use can be quite a challenge. I’m just trying to really focus on WHAT I’m trying to teach and then going from there. After all, why do my students need to know parts of speech?;-)

  2. It’s good to hear that you had a positive first day overall. High school huh? That sounds about right. I can see myself in either (so far), but it’s good that you are being honest with yourself about what you want to do. What is this “career communications” business? It reminds me of a “life skills” class. Your comment about the student-father really hit home for me. Isn’t it sobering to find out those things about students? I had to deal with that constantly at my old job; I had to constantly remind myself that many of my students were dealing with very adult issues. At the same time, however, I also had to remember that they are still kids for the most part, very much in need of guidance, support, and a genuine effort from their teacher(s). Anyway, it’s great that there is a focus on “real world” experiences in the classroom. I look forward to hearing more.

    • Career Communications is the “new” name for 12 General. Same curriculum. Different name. Interesting, huh? I’m not sure what I think about the implications of “career communications” to be honest. Then again, maybe the new name will cover up the traditional fears kids have when they hear “English class?” We will see…

  3. What stuck out to me the most about your post (besides the very nicely decorated bookshelf you have going on there) is that what goes on outside of our students lives really does play into how they are going to be in our classrooms. SO very true. You mentioned that one of your students has a baby… one of mine does as well. It baffled me to think that these kids are just 16 and already are way far advanced in the “adult” world than I am in certain respects. Stepping back and remembering that, I agree, can really benefit how we approach our students in the classroom – in a positive way.

    I also am having similar experiences, having to jump from a general English class where students struggle to grasp comma’s and basic punctuation/capitalization to a more advanced college level class where students are writing in-class AP essays. Definitely something to get used to – but no worries, we’re right down the hall from one another! MORAL SUPPORT! 🙂

  4. I’m glad you feel like you’ve found your place even on the first day! It sounds like you’ve got a really vast range of students, which will be enlightening, but I can imagine it will be really hard.
    My students surprised me too, even though I was thinking they’d still be so young (after all, one of my 6th graders was 13 and these guys are 14). They’re not. They’re way more grown up than I was in high school, and they want to be treated as such.
    I’m glad you get along with your CT and I can’t wait to hear more about how your placement is going!

    • The “grown up” identity you mention is a funny thing, I think. Students claim that’s what they want, yet even some of my students lack the respect that I think encompasses a large part of that grown up identity. We’ll see how it all plays out, though:-)

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