Today was my first of two observations by my supervising professor, Dr. Marable. As of last night, my detailed lesson plan was submitted and all of my materials were ready.
For some reason, when I emailed Dr. Marable, I felt the urge to warn her about the difficulties we have been having in the classroom. I told her that Jacob had switched to a new behavior plan, and while we have been working toward transitioning into that new plan, he has been having a lot of difficulty focusing and maintaining attention during learning time. Then, I told her that Manny often bolts and flops on the floor during Handwriting time- so there may be a lot of time spent redirecting. Her response was: “No problem, I’ve been there! Thank God for programs like Summit for parents whose children need such intensity.” Her response put me at ease and I knew that no matter what happened, she would understand.
Little did I know what was in store for my observation. The second Jacob entered the classroom he had a meltdown. (more…)
I couldn’t resist the opportunity to inform you all of the defining moment I had during my student teaching placement yesterday!
You know how, in any career, there are defining moments that make it all worthwhile… moments that make you sit back and say to yourself, “This is why I do what I do”? Well I had a very emotional teacher moment at Summit.
There is a six-year old boy in my classroom that is non-verbal. He uses a Dynavox to request certain things and is working toward using it for communication out in the community. Most of his time is spent jumping or clapping his hands- which interferes with his ability to learn new tasks. I am told he is on medication but I do not know for what. I believe it might be his medication that makes him so jumpy, but I have to believe it might also be a side effect of his medication that sometimes he zones out like a zombie and you can’t get him to snap out of it. This little boy is, by far, one of the most beautiful kids I have ever seen. He has gorgeous eyes and the longest eyelashes! He has curly hair most women would kill for. When he smiles- peoples’ hearts melt!
Yesterday, while this student was waiting for a chance to jump on our small classroom trampoline during “motor and movement” time, I began to sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” to him. I had seen him watching a cartoon video on the computer earlier that day and he seemed entranced. So, in an effort to occupy him while he waited and have a bit of fun, I starting singing to him. His body calmed, and he sat still while I sang. I touched his head, shoulders, and so on as I sang the song. He stared at me with those big beautiful eyes and smiled as bright as the sun.
Then, out of nowhere, he starts to sing along. (more…)
Annnnnd it’s officially that time of the semester… when every class has approximately 4 assignments due in the same week. After months of being able to keep up with all of my schoolwork and lesson plan writing, I feel completely overwhelmed this week by how much work I need to get done. I am now at a point where I cannot get ahead, I can only do the assignments that are due the next day.
I do have to say, however, that for as stressed out as I am and for how little time I have to do everything, I have been producing some pretty high quality work! I guess it was all my years as an Undergrad that have taught me how to study well, prioritize my schoolwork, and buckle down to create a great paper/project!
Today, I interviewed two early childhood education professionals, and then needed to summarize our conversations and turn it into my professor. Though this was a ‘choice assignment’ and I’m sure not everyone in the class chose to do two interviews, I think my conversations with these teachers were one of the most educational moments of this semester (more…)