Monday, May 4, 2009
I have had so much fun throughout the first and final rotations. I feel that the knowledge I have gained could not have been attained in the classroom. For the second rotation, I was placed in a general ed. fourth grade classroom. The students occassionally tested my classroom management skills, but were for the most part very well behaved. I was amazed at how quickly the students would catch on to a new concept. They never stopped surprising me with their answers to my questions and the questions that they asked. I feel that my skills as a teacher have improved due to my time in the classroom giving lessons and working with students.
Upon completion of the first rotation, I feel that I have grown considerably as a future teacher. The students that I worked with in the SUCCESS classroom have taught me many things. First, I should not underestimate a special education student. They are capable of so much more than they are given credit for. I also realized that they can be very self-sufficient. They began their day by removing coats and backpacks. Then retrieving and turning in their homework. The students in this rotation showed me that despite their disabilities, they are the same as any other student. Another realization that I came to is that all young students need boundaries and routines. Without boundaries we would have nothing to surpass. I grew quickly fond of the students in the classroom and will truly miss them.