Do you remember your student teaching experience?
I remember mine like it was yesterday. I did half of mine in Kindergarten and half in 8th grade.
My 8th grade placement was first and let me tell you---8th grade was NOT for me. I remember going home just about every day in tears. The kids were bigger than me, meaner than me, and way scarier than me. It just wasn't a good experience....for me or for them. I was not meant to be an 8th grade teacher.
Kindergarten was my second placement and I'm pretty sure I skipped right into that classroom. I was skipping with joy because I knew I loved the younger kids and I knew that I was meant to be a Kindergarten teacher. I was sure it was going to be easy and fun and I knew I would love it. I did love it. But it definitely wasn't easy. And it wasn't always fun. It was hard work and it took me a while to get used to a room full of 5 year olds.
Let's face it. Teaching Kindergarten is STILL hard work. It's not always fun. And every year after my summer break.....it does take a little while to get back into the swing of managing a room full of 5 year olds. :-)
I have a student teacher right now. Today was a rough day for her. I'm guessing that since today was the day after Halloween, today was a rough day for a lot of you out there!! That's usually the way it is after kids stay up wayyyyy past their bedtime eating candy & chocolate. LOL Anyway...suffice it to say--- today was not a good day for my kids. They were off. WAY OFF. As in....even the normally angelic kids were acting in non-angelic ways. Seriously!!
An 8:30am fund raising assembly (the day after Halloween!!!!!!!), may or may not have had something to do with this. Just sayin'.
She & I talked after school today and I think her confidence was shaken a little bit. I'm sure she's feeling discouraged & frustrated and I hate that! I really feel responsible for her feeling like that....because after all, those were MY kids that acted like that. :-( You can bet that my kiddos and I will be having a nice little chit chat tomorrow about respect and appropriate behavior.
In the meantime, I think a little encouragement would go a long way right now!! What words of advice would you give to a student teacher who was feeling a bit discouraged after a bad day? What do YOU do after a bad day with your own kiddos?
I would love to hear your thoughts!! :-)