Friday, September 21, 2012

First Day in the Classroom

Yesterday was my first day in the classroom.  I have one class that should be called "Classroom Observation".  I'm not sure what it is called.  Anyway, it requires 30 hours of observation time.  I got assigned a Kindergarten class.  I was kinda bummed about getting Kindergarten since Callie just finished Kinder and I spent so much time in her classroom.  I wanted to get a grade that I was a little less familiar with.  Oh well!  I was so nervous to meet the teacher.  I REALLY want her to like me.  So what did I do?  I baked!  Yes, I baked her a pie.  Am I kissing up?  Maybe....hopefully it will work!  I tried to find a cute saying to go with the pie, but this was the best I could come up with.  Yes, I'm a dork!  I also took the opportunity to bake for Callie's teacher as well.

Here I am.  Ready to meet the teacher...and the students.

I think I need a haircut.  I'm at that critical I let it grow out a little, or get it cut short again?  Decisions, Decisions.
I had a good day in the classroom. She only has 17 students. I was so shocked.  I expected to see at least 23.  Her actual classroom is HUGE!  I'm sure it would be nice to have that much space but whew, not sure I would want that much space to decorate.  She was really awesome and I think I will be able to learn a lot from her.  This is her first year in Kinder.
Then, I went to my afternoon class where I believe our Professor is trying to scare us and weed out the weak ones.  I will not let him scare me....I can do this!
My next thing to figure to use different fonts on my blog.  This one is getting quite boring.
If any teachers actually read my blog (which I doubt considering I have 2, What advice do you have for me about my first few experiences in the classroom? I want to just jump in there, but I also want to follow the direction of my teacher.  I don't want her to think I'm being too timid, but I also don't want to get in her way.  I feel like any teacher having a student could be a nuisance so I want to know my place as much as possible.  


  1. There are so many things to learn in Kindergarten and you will have lots of time to see other classrooms! As for advice, don't be afraid to ask questions! The new Common Core Standards are coming out now and will be in place by the time you get your own classroom, so make sure that you talk to your teacher about that. Also new to Tennessee is the teacher evaluation model. They encourage teachers, even in kindergarten, to teach children to engage in crical thinking. Ask your teacher about her essential questions for each lesson and how she comes up with those. Don't be afraid to ask why she does things the way she does. The best thing you can do is watch and take notes, and ask questions. Ask her if she wants you to help later on, but right now, just watch and absorb. I work with 3 incredible kindergarten teachers. They all do things differently and I learn something new from them each and every day! Good luck, you will be awesome!

    1. Thanks so much for commenting Deana! I wonder if God is prepping me for Kindergarten! :)

  2. I'm so glad you found my blog. I am following you now:) Good luck on your adventure to teaching! How long do you have left?

    Learn, Play & Have Fun

    1. Thanks for coming over Jessica! I will be done in the spring of 2014. Sounds so close, but yet so far way. Do you know of any other "student teacher" bloggers? I haven't found many. You're blog is very cute!

    2. Right here! I am a student at Indiana University and will be student teaching next semester, I graduate in May of 2013! So close! My fiancee's family lives in TN so I hope to find a job there! :)

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