Friday, August 25, 2006

End of Week Wrap Up

1) I am getting a student teacher on Monday. This could turn out to be a good thing or a bad thing. I am hoping for the best. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

2) Sabi had a birthday, started school and had Back to School Night this week. It has been an exhausting week. Glad to celebrate it all but also glad that it is all over.

3) My students are nice but LOUD and very DISTRACTED! This week has been hard. I have been trying my best to be "The Enforcer" of rules and behavior management. I go home each day feeling like a big meanie. I know that if I don't take care of business now I will be dealing with it all year.

4) A good thing about my students is that they ROCK at turning in homework. This year was the first week I assigned homework. I send it home in a packet on Friday and it is due on Thursday. Yesterday all 20 of my kids turned it in. YES! Both the principal and the vice principal came to visit my class and tell them how proud they were of them.

5) I got a new printer for my class. (finally!) The old printer that I had was stolen in October when my class was broken into. This printer has a lot of bell and whistles on it - it should be fun!



Julissa said...

What do you look for in a student teacher? what should they be doing? what should they not be doing?

MsAbcMom said...

Good Question!
* Initiative
* Good Attendance, arriving to work on time and staying late enough to plan and prep for the next day
* Someone who is respectful of children, their parents and all employees at the school site.
* A good attitude
* A team player

What they shouldn't be doing:
* Talking on the phone all of the time! (yes...this has happened to me!)
* Doing their coursework when they should be working in the classroom with the kids
* Trying to get too close to the kids - there has to be a clear line between the teacher and the student.

And I hate to say this but this has happened too:
If you are a student teacher in MY room you should DEFINITELY NOT listen to Rush Limbaugh on the radio at lunch OR bring in a copy of Michael Savage's book "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder." That would not make me happy!

Julissa said...

Thank you. I'm currently going back to school to become a certified elementary school teacher and I wanted to know what to expect in student teaching.


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