Though all of my thoughts now are on the start of school (which is rapidly approaching I might add), I wanted to take the time to reflect back on where I’ve come with a few notes I had written down, so ultimately, I can be even more excited about where I’m about to go, what I’m about to do, and what I’m about to experience.
My student teaching experience was one of the best learning experiences I could have had. I say this not because I learned a lot about teaching, but because perhaps I learned more about myself as a teacher and a person. You see, my CT (cooperating teacher) and I did not see eye to eye on many things at all (if any). I valued her teaching style, but I also valued my own; however, she did not value my style at all, and it was always very clear that it was her classroom (despite her attempts to encourage me to branch out which she clearly didn’t really mean because I never had that freedom). Continue reading