I have loved every second of my 2nd grade placement. Even though ones where you look back and it didn't go as well as planned, you LEARN from it and that experience might become the most beneficial one you have!
"We are not "just" teachers, We are the managers of the world's greatest resource: CHILDREN!"- Robert John Meehan
In my first 8 week placement I was extremely busy taking care of myself emotionally being in a different country and trying to let God deal with my roller coaster emotions, academically planning multi-subject areas and differentiation, and all that goes along with teaching that isn't teaching but is required by teachers.
I have really had the ideal 1st placement in Korea! It has opened my eyes to meaningful instruction, the real reasons why people go into teaching, and the JOY of teaching!
If I could sum up what I have learned and express my attitude towards this student teaching 2nd grade placement I would say: Be a reflective practitioner about what kind of teacher you want to be. Do not compare yourself to others because you are always going to find a flaw, you are the way you are for a reason and odds are if you are passionate about what your doing, your probably successful at it. The 2nd graders have told me "Ms. Hutchins you are so good at explaining ..you are so good at drawing...you are so nice...you are great at teaching by yourself.." You can't teach your kids EVERYTHING but decide how you want to IMPACT their lives and not only make it verbally known but SHOW them what matters and how you want to be remembered. You are ONE teacher in a long line of MR.,MS.,and Mrs., decide how you want to be different from the others on a day today bases. You can't teach them everything but you can teach them that what each individual has something to offer and it is amazing and special.
My last day memories! :) So sad to leave them.
My little "You are one smart cookie" gifts for my students.
The ADORABLE Surprise book of memories and thanks from the 2nd graders!
The surprise cake for my last day teaching in 2nd grade!