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Sunday, September 29, 2013


"Miss Hutchins...I think teachers are the most busy ever!" -September 27th 2013

I think that statement is very true!

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
I have gotten the absolute honor of being placed in the particular environment that I did.  I taught my own lessons for two subject areas for 6 solid weeks, the remaining 1 other subject area for 3 weeks, as well as designed a collective grade level iMovie project to do an international exchange with for a 2nd grade school in Iowa. 

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 are so good at are so 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! 

"Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding."- Robert John Meehan

1 comment:

  1. You saved me some cake, right? Love the pics! You can't teach children everything and you as a teacher weren't meant to do so... BUT you CAN influence their lives as their personality develops and the children make choices everyday that become more and more detrimental throughout the years.