Friday, February 27, 2015

Typical Day in PE

Post written by: Drew Preusse
Year: Senior
Major(s): Physical Education
Minor(s): Adapted Physical Education

The following is what a typical day of my student teaching looks like...

I start my day off working with my adapted physical education cooperating teacher at Irving Pertzsch Elementary. Here I teach three second grade students with disabilities in a small group setting for 30 minutes. They receive this additional session with me as part of their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). My lessons usually align with what these students are working on in their general physical education classes including object control skills (throwing, catching, striking, etc.), locomotor skills (running, skipping, galloping, etc.), and other skills such as jumping rope, balance, and flexibility.

After my first session I travel to my main placement of Eagle Bluff Elementary. Here I have a 30 minute early childhood session with 2-3 students with disabilities. These young students are just starting to come to school and receive special education services. Every day we work on walking and balancing along with riding bicycles, tricycles, and/or scooters.

Once my morning in adapted physical education is done, I start my general physical education classes with my other cooperating teacher. Each of these classes have roughly 18-24 students and last 30 minutes. I see three kindergarten classes and two 1st grade classes before my lunch break. Afterwards I see two more kindergarten classes to end the day. It is crazy how many children we see in our gym each day! We work on the same skills I mentioned above. For example, right now we just got done with our dribbling unit and are now starting our kicking unit. 

I stay after school most days to attend staff meetings or work on my  unit plans, lesson plans, assessments, and other materials. I also have to complete additional assignments and reflections for my UW-L supervisor. Every other Wednesday night I go to UW-L where I have seminar with my professors and other physical education student teachers. Here we share our experiences and get ideas from each other.

By the end of each day I am exhausted. I go home to recharge so I am ready to do it all over again tomorrow!

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Year, New Look

I start student teaching this semester and I have decided that I need to look more professional and grown up. So, I have cut off all my hair! Its a big change, but I love it. I now head into my professional semester with a new look and new confidence.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Substitute Surprise

I began my middle school student teaching experience about a week and a half ago, and it has been quite an interesting experience so far. On the first day that I met my mentor teacher, I found out that she would be going out of town for the next week and half to attend her son’s wedding in Mexico. This meant that I would be working with a substitute for the first week and half of my student teaching experience. At first, this idea scared me because I was unsure of what my “role” would be and I was also a little nervous about students acting out.

Well, I’m not going to lie to you, the students acted out like mad for the first few days. However, the substitute and I were able to gain their respect; and after this happened, classroom management became much easier. I have learned loads about classroom management over the past few days.

Ms. Bruha and Ms. O'Connor in action
As far as actual teaching goes, I have been getting a lot of experience in front of the classroom. The substitute I am working with was a History Education major, so when it comes to teaching grammar or writing I have more experience with it than she is. This being so, I have have been teaching a TON. Having the sub here is nice because it gives me the opportunity to gain experience with the students without the fear of messing up or being “perfect.” My mentor teacher will be the one who actually evaluates my teaching, so any mess ups I make now are mess ups that I can avoid when it actually counts.

So even though I was nervous at the beginning of this substitute adventure, I am grateful that it happened because it pushed me to grow in ways I probably wouldn’t have otherwise and gave me a very unique opportunity! Also, the substitute was a wonderful person and I am happy to have met her.