I am growing

23 Feb

I love being in the classroom with my students, but eventually, I would like to teach teachers.  So, when my principal asked me about 2 months ago if I wanted a student teacher, I gladly accepted.

I have heard stories from other teachers about their student teacher experiences (as I never had one.  My first year I worked at a private school while finishing up my credential) and many people have said that their master teacher simply gave them the reigns and relaxed while they did all the work.

This is the opposite of me. 

Before this experience, I wouldn’t have thought of myself as someone who NEEDS the control.  But I have learned something about how I work:  I am a good teacher because I have control of my classroom and students.  Giving up that control to someone else (who is motivated, but less experienced) is somewhat of a challenge for me.

Here’s the bottom line:  I am responsible for my students’ learning and test scores, whether I am the one teaching them or not. 

So how am I balancing this?  I am still figuring it out but getting better.  My responsibility is to 2 groups of people:  my students, and my student teacher.  If I never release control to her, she won’t learn either. 

Its different than what I am used to, but I am definately growing.

One Response to “I am growing”

  1. David February 24, 2010 at 6:13 p02 #

    I currently have a student teacher too. She’s been w/ me now for about 4 weeks… and will be here for about 3 more. She was a long-term sub before doing her student teaching, so she has classroom experience. Anyway… it has been interesting helping her prep and plan each lesson… yet the balance of her actually teaching is somewhat difficult. She’s teaching Romeo and Juliet (and I LOVE teaching Shakespeare)… so, this has been a growing season for me too.

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