It was good to get back into the classroom this week. On the first day back from the break the kids were super excited to be back to school and to see all their friends! The smiles and joy on their gleaming little faces warmed my heart. I do have to say that this short placement is the best part of my week and I will be sad when it is time to say goodbye to the kids and teachers I have started to bond within just three short times so far.
In the two classrooms, I have had the pleasure of working with many different variations of children. Although the children are around the same age, does not mean that all students will mature and develop at the same pace, this concept is prominent throughout the two classrooms. Some of the students are very mature both intellectually and socially and some students are a little on the immature side for their age. In the grade one/two split, I find it interesting how the grade ones are so much more mature than the grade ones in the class that is strictly grade ones. The maturity level of the grade twos allows the grades ones to fall into that maturity level as well. Allowing split classes into schools both can be beneficial as well have some struggles but for children that need work socially, I think it is a great program to put them in!
The two teachers I have been working with have taken much emphasis on getting to know each student individually and knowing what that student needs to succeed. I believe this is the greatest aspect a teacher needs to be able to do to have a successful classroom. In the two classrooms, we see differences in learning rather it be behavioral, intellectual, or language barriers. By knowing all your students allows the teacher to be able to work towards new teaching methods and new ways to keep the children motivated in their school work.
I think the two teachers that I specifically get to work with rely mainly on each other. I have never seen two teachers that can work so well together and have that support of two teachers to handle a situation, teach a lesson, share lesson plans or even just to talk to would be so beneficial throughout their day. It is inspiring to see these two teachers work so closely together, they just click, and it is something I hope I will find when I am working in a classroom. The teachers also rely on their principal and vice principal along with the teachers that come in to teach their classes French, music, and art. Without a big support system of people and helpers, I don’t think the ship would run as smoothly in these two classes as they do now!
I believe teachers continue to build their professional knowledge through experience. Throughout every new class they get each year and through all the differences between their students, I believe with time they build more knowledge and understanding towards their career. Even though every student will always be different, through experience teachers will learn many great techniques that can hopefully be used with many different students.
The two teachers I get to work with have truly been an inspiration to me as I will soon be running my own classroom. Although I have a few years to go I will take many of their tips and guidance with me throughout my years and into my own classroom.