Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Student Teaching Day 2: First OFFICIAL day

Today was my actual “first day” of school. I arrived at school and immediately got to work, making copies of papers and opening the gym windows. In the morning I have hall duty. I stand upstairs on the 3rd floor and make sure students get to where they need to be. We didn’t have a first period class today because the 8th grade students had a meeting in the cafeteria about rules and regulations while they are in the cafeteria. After this meeting, my host teacher and I went downstairs to get ready for our next class. In class today we went over emergency contact information and had the student fill out index cards with personal information. Then we talked to the students about flag football and cross-country. After our second period class we had our last 8th period class. In addition to our 8th grade classes, we have a very energetic fourth grade class that combines. This class in particular includes students with special needs. At the end of the day we have bus duty, which means we go up to the 3rd floor and we try to round all the kids up to get on the bus. None of the teachers knew what was going on as far as the new procedure goes for getting kids on the bus. There was clearly a lack of communication somewhere and it caused a little bit of stress for the teachers. I learned a valuable lesson today and that is no matter where you work, things need to be communicated to the staff otherwise it causes stress for individuals because then not everyone is on the same page.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Student Teaching Day 1: Behind The Scenes of Teaching

Movies. We've all seen them. Some really good, like The Avengers and some not so good like Spiderman 3. Either way, there's so much time and effort that goes into creating a movie but we only see the outcome. We don't see the stunts performed over and over again, or the hours of make-up it takes to make actors/actresses the way they do. 

It was my first day student teaching but at Buffalo Public School 80 today was not the first day of school. Today PS 80 had a staff meeting
I never realized the amount of effort and energy that goes into having a well-organized classroom and staff that is all on the same page. The meeting started with icebreaker games, making sure all the new staff welcomed with the older staff. The meeting then proceeded with an introduction of all the student assistant programs that the school added on board to the staff. One thing I did notice was that the main focus of this meeting was to address the problems in ELA, science and math classes. The school hasn't been performing well in these areas and the faculty/staff wants to increase test scores and are looking for solutions to this problem. My host teacher, then explained to the other physical education teacher and myself that the principal was looking for us to address mathematics in our classroom. This is everything we’ve been taught in our methods classes at Cortland about integrating other subject areas. After the meeting, my host teacher and I got to work on making sure papers were copied and ready for the students and making sure the classroom was set up so we wouldn’t have to set up in the morning. I then was asked to start making flag football and cross-country lists for all my classes. I knew there was a lot of time and planning that went into being a physical educator but today really opened my eyes to the real problems in schools face but how eager all the educators are to make sure the students don't get left behind.