The time has come that my student teaching experience has ended. I will tell you what, I loved every single minute of it. Even though there were some tough times, the students and the people who were there to support me made it all worth it. Whenever I started teaching I thought I was going to have to have a strict reign on my students to be able to have any type of classroom control, but after a week of teaching, I realized that wasn't the case. It is so important to allow your student's personalities to shine through (without being a distraction of course). In the begining, I also had my doubts. I wasn't sure I was suited to be a teacher. However, the more and more I worked at it the better and better I got. I went from having low confidence in myself to be ready to take on the classroom with pride and confidence each and every day.
I know it's cliche, but it's so true, the best thing about teaching is the students. They all are so unique in their own way and getting to know each and every one of them had been a blast. There were students that would get in trouble in other classes, but I never understood it because for me they were some of my best students.
I am going to miss Juniata Valley so much, I was given so many opportunities there to grow, but it's time for me to move on and grow elsewhere in life. If I could go back and do it all again I would. Only to relive it though because there is basically nothing I would change about my student teaching experience.
If you would like to see my entire journey you can check out the blog I kept throughout my student teaching experience: https://studentsinbloom.blogspot.com/