The First Week at my Second Placement

My first week at Choconut Valley Elementary was filled with becoming familiar with the schools layout, my schedule, the classroom, my cooperating teacher (Shannon) and the students.  I’ll be teaching all of the grades there, from Kindergarten to sixth grade. This is a huge range of abilities, attention spans and maturity, sometimes even within one class.  By observing Shannon’s interaction with the students, I’m quickly learning how to effectively instruct at their level.  I have yet to experience teaching students this young, and I’m not including playing with my nieces and nephews, or babysitting as teaching skills.

I only have five more weeks of student teaching left and I’m franticly trying to make sure I have everything completed.  My Teacher Work Sample (a 20 page research paper) is due to my Supervisor in three weeks and I’m only half way finished writting it. I’ve been collecting images of students work and organizing them to be presented in my Art Education Portfolio.  Soon I will also have to combine images of my recent artwork for my portfolio. My final major task is to revise my resume and submit it to Georgia school districts.


~ by florriebarnett on October 28, 2008.

4 Responses to “The First Week at my Second Placement”

  1. I was interested to hear about your experience in student teaching. I think what surprises me the most is that you will be teaching all grades. In the teaching certification program I’m in, we are assigned a main placement where we will do most of our teaching in one grade, and a secondary placement for an 11 week period at a different grade level. Can you tell me what your teacher work sample paper is about? Do all teaching cert students have to student teach in all grades? Just curious…

  2. interesting stuff. do you think it’s better to spend your time in one grade and learn everything, or better to learn a little about a lot by teaching 6 grades?

  3. LT,
    This might be different in other states, but in Pennsylvania and New York the “specials” subjects, art, music, gym, and library only have certification K-12. It’s only when you would get into math, science, history, english, that there is a specific concentration of grades like secondary or middle school level. All of the art student teachers have to teach two out of the three levels, my first placement just happened to be both a middle school and a high school.

    The Teacher Work Sample is basically a research paper on student teaching while your student teaching. If you are interesting in seeing my University’s explanation of it, you can look at it here, If you get a chance to look at it, I would like to know your opinion of it.

    I’m curious, where and what is your certification program in? Thanks for commenting LT. :0)

  4. Stacy,
    Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post. To answer your question, I think it’s better to spend a little time in each grade, to see and compare the maturity and ability levels. This has helped me to create appropriate lesson plans and expectations. I’m also learning what words I can use at each level to communicate the concept being taught. I wouldn’t have thought about this as much if I didn’t have to teach each level.

    Thanks for your question! :0)

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