The Student Teaching Journey Continues by Justin Nacarato
Guest Post by Justin Nacarato, Student Teacher
Three weeks have already gone by! Student teaching is very overwhelming at the beginning, especially when you jump into a classroom that has already been through half of a year. The toughest part for me right now is learning the routine. I’m getting the hang of it but I haven’t mastered it yet.
Also, not every day has the same rigid schedule. In an inclusive classroom with some students being pulled out for reading, speech, special instruction, or whatever their needs may be, it’s a battle choosing what lesson or parts of a lesson can be missed by those students. This can change the routine around a little bit from time to time. I’ll get the hang of it!
So far, I’ve taken on some classroom responsibilities. I guide the Daily Language Review and Connections activities in the morning, and I lead one of the centers during center time in the afternoon. This past week was also my first time writing the Monday letter to the students. I wrote about myself and they had to respond in their letters giving details about themselves. I enjoy reading students’ writing and responding to them. One student in particular was so excited when he saw that I had written him back. Seeing his face light up when he turned his letter over gave me that amazing feeling that I know I did something that made a difference. That’s why I believe writing as a form of communication is important because some students have difficulty talking about things but when you give them a chance to write, you see a whole different side of them. Some students are more comical on paper than they act in class!
This week, even though it’s another short week, I really want to work on planning and writing those plans down so I don’t freeze after a lesson trying to remember what was planned next. Yes, I did buy a lesson plan book! Hopefully it’ll help me not only write down the plans for each day but master learning the class routine, too.
Watch for Justin’s next installment as he continues to chronicle his journey while student teaching.