Stories From the Field
There are many things that I will always remember about my first teaching experience. I will remember making a French test on the very first day, trying to figure out exactly what the children were capable of after only being with them for a short period of time. I will never forget how welcoming the student’s were, and how they welcomed us into their classroom and allowed us to take part in their learning experience. I will always remember my first experience in a math class, when I really knew that Math is something I want to continue with. This is also when I got to witness the very different learning paces that student’s go through. Being a student you don’t notice things like this, but it is important as teachers to know where your student’s understandings are. It was a very memorable experience, and I learned so many things that I will carry with me through my teaching career.
Looking back on the past few weeks spent at St. Dominic Savio, I truly enjoyed my time there. I have learned so many things, and had so many new experiences. My cooperating teacher was very friendly and always encouraged us to get involved and really get the full ‘teacher’ experience. I am very grateful to have had someone like her to mentor me through my first experience in a school.
I found that all the core questions we focused on during each week of our field experiences connect because they begin with taking a look at the basics, and gradually get more specific. We began by focusing on the learners, the school, the community, and the learning environment. Focusing on these aspects requires you to take a look at your surroundings, what is going on in the classroom and whether things are either aiding or interfering with student’s learning. As we moved through the weeks, the questions challenged us to look at the diversity in classrooms. Our focus was to look at the different strategies that we could use as future teachers to ensure our classrooms are inclusive for all students. The final weeks were more specific, asking us to focus on curriculum and technology in the classroom. It was interesting to see how children these days are so comfortable using technology to help with their learning. It was also new to me to see how the curriculum was incorporated into the lessons taught for each subject.
Throughout my field experiences I gained a better understanding of many of the core questions. I saw many children using fidgeting tools, which connects to the topic of inclusion as they are modifying the classroom to better suit the needs of these children. I also saw the use of technology in my experiences, whether it be the tablets they have in the classroom or the children bringing their own.
These field experiences affected my journey to becoming a teacher because my first classroom practice was engaging, knowledgeable, and highly enjoyable. I have gained many new ideas and resources to use in my future classroom, as well as broadened my confidence and skills as a becoming educator. I still have many things to learn, I need to develop my personality, and figure out exactly what kind of teacher I want to be. I also have lots to learn about planning lessons, and learning how to adapt the lessons I crate to include all kinds of learning styles. I know learning with things takes time and practice, so I am very excited to continue my journey through Education.