Student teaching definitely is one of the best experiences I have had in my life. Seeing student success made this experience even more beneficial and showed me I do want to teach. This experience was phenomenal and I would not trade it for the world. Through this I have learned the importance of patience, persistence and having fun with students. Most importantly, I learned that I can have a positive impact on the lives of others just as my cooperating teachers and former ag teachers do.
My entire experience was not all sunshine and rainbows though. I had to call one student's parents and assist in writing up a student for inappropriate language. There were quite a few student disciplinary warnings given out and a few times I left class feeling frustrated. The frustrations were great learning experiences and really helped me shape my disciplinary procedure that someday I plan to implement in my own classroom.
As the students got to know me and understood my expectations, things went smoother. I was impressed to see students getting involved that prior had not had any interest in being in agriculture. Also, I managed to coax some students into coming to the FFA banquet where they had a great time. My students make me so proud, and I will definitely miss them and my cooperating teachers when I leave.