My Adventure!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


What? Student Teaching 
When? Middle of week 6!
Where?Korea International School
      373-6 Baekhyun-dong, Bungdang-         gu,Sungnam-si,Gyeonggi-do,Korea
Why?  To receive my teaching                 certification AND to receive an         experience of a lifetime! 

I open my eyes Monday morning and I blinked and it's Wednesday evening! And I finally have time to hear myself thinking. This week I have been planning all my lessons and subject areas and teaching without my mentor teaching in the room and it has been an amazing experience.  The days go by so fast and the weeks even quicker

After school I just sat down with my mind and thoughts in the shape of puzzles pieces scattered all over the classroom.  All I could do was laugh because I couldn't even think of anything to say as conversation staters were thrown my way by colleagues.  
At this point the TWO main aspect of teaching I have had the most challenge with are:

1) Pacing of the lesson 

2) Management of the differentiation needed with such an wide spectrum of learners 

The pacing of the lesson seems great when I estimate the time for each activity in the subject but as I move from Writer's Workshop, to our Author Study, Spelling, then Math, etc., next thing I know we have 5 minutes to finish to go to specials and I have to modify on the fly to get some type of proof of learning and closure.  As I work through the day in my head going over procedures and the dynamics of the flow of tasks at hand, every lesson gets more smooth as I continue.

The management of differentiation is tested to the max as I have three elite math students taking about 5 minutes to complete the first math assignment then some who take 5 minutes to write their name and 35 minutes to complete the same assignment(after extensive guidance and re-direction).  With many students at different levels it takes a patience, organization, and precise planning to direct students to the proper task at the proper time.  I am learning how to be the best resource I can for my students but still showing them that they are in charge of their own learning.  For example after my direct instruction and I give them their independent assignment, they use each other as resources first, then they do review boxes with some concepts to apply their new learning, then a review math game station in the back of the room to challenge each other as they work through the manipulative.
But we are having so much fun together and the kids have such resilience and exciting personalities regardless of the challenges and business of the day the kids are the bright part of the day.  I mean where else am I going to learn random facts like: "In Korea stray cats are usually named Butterfly." Hey maybe someday I will need to know that information.  :)
James 3:17
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.

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