My time at Pequea Valley High School has come to an end. The past 15 weeks have been a journey with student teaching! I had the privilege to work with two amazing teachers, Doug Masser, and Jasmine VanSant. I have learned a ton from them and from the nearly 80 students I interacted with.
I had a lot of fun with student teaching, but it wasn't all games and laughter. It was a lot of work! Every day I would do some sort of planning, grading, or reading all pertaining to student teaching. One of the biggest lessons I learned was the importance of staying organized. My first couple of weeks was a little chaotic because I didn't have a set way of staying organizes, but that quickly changed when I became aware of how you staying organize benefits your students!
Another great I learned was the importance of student rapport! Building those relationships in the first few weeks of you being there is crucial! By having a solid relationship helped me with classroom management and setting expectations. I can honestly say I had no behavior issues with the students and I think much of that is from building student rapport. The one thing I am going to miss most about student teaching is my students!
Student teaching is a time where you get to experiment teaching styles! I was able to figure out what I like and dislike about teaching, and reflected on the type of teacher I would like to be in the future!
Student teaching is over, but the experience will last a lifetime!