Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wish me luck!

Exams are over and done with.  I have no more papers (although, there will still be plenty of reflections).

I start student teaching tomorrow.  I am both terrified and excited.  I'm really excited to actually get to do this.  I want to know if I like teaching.  I want to know what it's like to teach in a room with 25 kids. 

But, I'm terrified of messing up and looking stupid.  I'm starting with gravitation and satellites.  It's been a very long time since I've thought about those concepts, and an even longer time since I used the terminology and did problems.  I also have the added drawback of not getting to go through the unit from the beginning.  So I think it's going to be really hard to step into teaching the last 2 lessons and then the review for this unit.  But, that should give me some appreciation for subbing if I end up having to go that route while finding a permanent job. 

I've been spending alot of time thinking about lesson plans.  I like them.  I know that I lose my train of though alot and it is nice to have a detailed plan to go back to.  But, writing them is hard.  I also never had things like powerpoint in high school.  So I'm not really sure how to use it appropriately and where to find the balance with using them VS old school writing on the board. 

However it ends up, tomorrow is the day when I start.  Luckily the kids seem like they are nice and seemed to like me.  So I'm hoping they'll be forgiving.  And if they aren't????  Well, I guess I'll get to see how well I grasped the principles of classroom management :)


  1. Don't worry about looking stupid. No matter what you do the kids will probably think you are stupid. But we all know you aren't stupid and they will come around. Tons of thoughts and well wishes for you tomorrow. You are rocking this whole thing and you know it!!

  2. Thanks. I'm hoping it goes well. I'm telling myself that no matter how badly it goes - it won't be the worst in the history of student teaching. So - it will all be OK.