Final Reflection of My Field Experience

This is my final reflection of the 7 weeks of my field experience. It was so much fun and I learned a lot. I am very grateful for this opportunity.

Week 8: Overall Reflection: Looking at the Big Picture: Interconnectedness of Knowledge, Schooling & Society

     It was great doing these weekly reflection questions so that I can go back and remember what I had learned that week. One idea I found myself repeating over and over each week was “It depends on the students.” We can sit and learn in our lectures all of the techniques and ideas about what makes a good teacher and how to keep kids engaged etc. but once you actually enter a classroom, everything you learned may not work. As a teacher, you are there for your students not necessarily to get paid so you really need to think about what’s best for them, not what is easiest for you. The field experience really opened my eyes to what a teacher really is and how much work is it.
     The last time I had been in an elementary school class was when I was in elementary school as a student. To come back as a “teacher” was a really cool experience and it was cool to see what my elementary school teachers might have seen. Observing the teacher in the classroom was great too. It was interesting to see how she interacted with the students and the different things she did to keep them engaged. The students really loved her and watching her definitely reinforced my decision to become a teacher.
     There is still a lot I need to know but I am excited to continue on this journey. I still need to know how to write up a good lesson plan and how to keep organized. I still need to know good ways to present a lesson and ideas for keeping students engaged. I want to know more about inclusion and different ideas to include students better. I also want to know more ways to include technology into the classroom and when are the best times to use it and when not to.
     A few goals that I have set for myself are: 1) To get more experience with kids. I have worked a lot with kids over the past few years and my summer job really helps with that. I will continue to teach 5-Day clubs during the summer and the more experience I get, the more comfortable I’ll be. 2) To keep up to date with what the younger generation is exposed to. Times have changed a lot from when I was in elementary school until now. Classrooms change, materials change, curriculums change, and society changes. In order to be more connected to students I would like to find out more about what their school experience is like and the different things in society that they are affected by. 3) My final goal is to improve my public speaking. One thing I actually like to do is to give presentations, but I don’t think I am the best at it. I need some more practice so that I actually look like I am enjoying my time and not like I’m stumbling over my words. This is obviously very important for a teacher so that their students can clearly understand them and the lesson.