Week One Down… by Justin Nacarato
Week One Down….
Guest Post by Justin Nacarato, Student Teacher
Considering we had two consecutive snow days, my first week went FANTASTIC! I know the first couple of weeks are supposed to be spent observing, but observing is only half of what I need to learn quickly; I need to actually do things, too. I am very fortunate to have such an amazing Mentor Teacher (MT) that allows me to assist and observe at the same time. At the end of my first day, my MT asked if I would like to do the next day’s DLR (Daily Language Review) and Connections activities with the students. I definitely thought I could handle it. Unfortunately, we had snow days Tuesday and Wednesday.
When we returned on Thursday, I had an intimidating, yet, fun experience. All of the 2nd grade teachers had a meeting already planned for the day; therefore, all of the 2nd grade classrooms had a substitute. I was curious to see how the students handle having a substitute, and I always like to see other’s classroom management techniques. It went pretty well, for the most part. Aside from having a substitute, I knew I had a lot to do such as getting the students caught up with their DLR and Connections. Did I mention we had a mid-afternoon assembly? At the beginning of the day, I was thinking to myself, “How are we going to get all of this done?” From the time the students walked in until the time they left, everything went pretty smoothly. Everything was done and done well, except we ran out of time to have the students change jobs. All in all, since changing jobs was the only thing that didn’t get done, I think the day couldn’t have gone any better (given the circumstances)!
My MT and I started brainstorming lessons for my “unit” assignment. George Washington is going to be the topic and we already have some lesson ideas to get started. I think I am going to use a KWL chart as a pre-assessment tool, as well. I am excited to get started!
I was definitely feeling nervous and overwhelmed before I started. Now that I have a week under my belt, I am feeling more relaxed and confident. The objectives that I want to work on are: continue to build a strong rapport with the students and staff, teach and guide more lessons and activities, get a stronger feel for the classroom routine, and continue working on the George Washington unit and other lessons.
Looking forward to another SPECTACULAR week!