Kellie Claflin

Student Teaching: Week 1

Blog Post created by Kellie Claflin on Jan 30, 2011

It's been a pretty good transition from college student to student teacher and moving from one side of Wisconsin to the other. I looked forward to student teaching with a lot of excitement, but also with anticipation. On Monday I started my official adventure in the classroom as a student teacher/intern. I?m pretty excited for what the semester holds as everything is going well so far.



The class "Greenhouse, Plants and Flowers" that I'm teaching by myself has been a good experience. I even survived my first observation by my supervisor with the university. As pre-service teachers, we are constantly reminded on the importance of reflection to improve your teaching, but it's also nice to get tips on not only what to improve on, but how to improve. Also, it was a nice to hear about what I was doing well. Sure, I passed all my education and ag classes in college, but I knew I wasn't going to be perfect. Well, I know I have 17 weeks to go, but after week 1 I'm feeling pretty good about my career choice. It's not going to be easy, but it will be worth it.



Things I learned my first week in the classroom:



·        Be flexible. Like when the entire district network is down and you're without internet. On Tuesday I redid my entire lesson because I couldn't print the documents I needed. Everything turned out and I was pleased with how the lesson went.



·        Projectors are not my friends.  I'm not sure why, but no matter when I try to use a projector, whether it was in college or now this week student teaching, I can't get them to work to save my life.



·        While projectors are not my friends, I am very thankful for my fellow student teacher friends. It's nice to be able to share the experience, whether it is a phone call in the middle of the week to check-in or working on lesson plans on a Saturday night.



·        With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. -Eleanor Roosevelt. It's nice to know that no matter what happened each day, I can reflect and think about how to do better the next time. Plus, as an ag teacher you never know what interesting things are going to happen.