We invited student teacher, Justin Nacarato, to share his experiences with you as he navigates the exciting and anxiety-ridden student teaching time of his teacher education program. Here is the first of many installments about Justin’s adventures in student teaching.
My name is Justin Nacarato and I am a senior at Ashland University in Ohio. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education PreK-3 and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist PreK-3. This semester I will be student teaching in 2nd grade in a suburban school.
Since I am majoring in ECE with the ECIS add-on, my first six weeks will be focusing on general education and the last six weeks will be focusing on the intervention aspects. Fortunately for me, I will remain in the same classroom for both sections. Some of my fellow peers are placed in one classroom for the first six weeks then have to move to another classroom for the remaining six weeks.
I have known my mentor teacher for a few years and have already visited and met with her class this year. I am looking forward to applying my skills and knowledge into this classroom but also learning new techniques that I can accommodate into my teaching. My main concern for this experience is planning, planning, planning. I feel that there is a lot of material to cover. Also, I feel that standardized tests are such a big deal nowadays and that I’m pressured to teach the content in a way that the students can reiterate it when taking the tests. Personally, I do not want to teach for test taking but I feel as though I am pressured to. I hope I am able to use my teaching skills and techniques in an effective way to make everything work out smoothly.
I am looking forward to sharing my experiences, concerns, and successes here on the blog throughout the semester! I know I will learn a lot from everyone’s comments.
Interested in talking directly with Justin? He can be found on Twitter at @TeacherInMe.