Well it is the night before Prac starts and I am in two minds. I am excited it is finally here, and then I am feeling very nervous and anxious for a variety of reasons.
So here it goes, my previous placement I had a mentor who had never had a prac student before. She was amazing, a knowledge of teaching, happy to answer all my questions and pass on resources at my disposal via email. However, I did not plan or teach one single lesson. I was allowed to ‘assist’ and monitor students while she did the teaching. I am not sure if she thought I wasn’t capable, or if she was just a control freak? So in my second week I politely asked if I would be able to take the class for an activity to which i was able! I took the guided reading groups for the next 2 weeks, and when I asked about another lesson I didn’t get a response.
My liason officer came for their visit and my mentor said how amazing I was, so helpful, and hands on etc. Doing such a great job. I was gobsmacked! Thinking …. hang on a second are you talking about me? So…. it wasn’t my best experience with teaching… I ended up making up my own lesson plans for things that she taught, but tweaked them to how I would do it. Other wise I came home every night and did nothing! It was very frustrating! Anyway… So I received an email from my mentor today for this placement.
She has outlined for everyday over the entire 3 weeks, the possible times I will be able to teach, depending on the day and how the students are coping. I have placement in prep 5 students in a special education setting. I am looking forward to the learning, as she is amazing. I have spent 2 hours in the class just watching and interacting with the students. I am hoping this placement brings me a better experience than my previous one.
I am sharing with you a fellow edc3100 students blog post, I found it interesting that her prac mentors pretty much said they didn’t want a student teacher, and that the class is horrible…. I am hoping this student has a wonderful prac and can make some nice connections with the students and perhaps even encourage the teachers!