Sunday, March 3, 2013

Student Teaching Placement

I have just received my student teaching placement! I will be working at Bothwell Middle School, which is a school that is just a few minutes from home. I will be teaching math and language arts to 6th grade students. I'm really excited to have the opportunity to work with older students, since the majority of my experiences have been with students k-5th grade. I am especially excited to be teaching Language Arts. I love reading and writing and to be able to work with an older grade we will be able to do some really great lessons. I have to admit, I'm pretty nervous about teaching math since it is so much out of my comfort zone, but I'm going to welcome the challenge because I think it will be good for me to be able to practice teaching math when I have a mentor to guide me. I'll definitely have to brush up on my math this summer. I am so lucky to have received my placement in March, because some of my classmates won't be receiving theirs until much later in the semester, and some won't have theirs until as late as August. This will allow me to observe my placement teacher's classroom this semester. I'm hoping I will be able to experience as much as possible before student teaching even starts. I am so excited that I have already looked at the standards and have started browsing through blogs,websites,and books about student teaching and 6th grade. I feel like I'll know so much more once I am able to meet her and see her classroom. I am reminded, once again, just how close I am to student teaching , and becoming a teacher myself!