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|
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.