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. 

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