Tuesday, March 15, 2016

{solsc} 15/31 #sol16 A New View...

It's so strange, sitting in my classroom and not being the one who leads the lesson. But that's what I did today as my student teacher, Amanda, lead my Creative Writing students in activities that will lead to informative writing.

She did a great job. And most of the kids kept on task as she led them through what she wanted them to do.

What did I notice?
Most of them had phones out and sneakily texted any moment they could.  Until I moved into their area and sat down.  That's the great thing about the comfortable furniture in my room. There are lots of places to sit and observe. And phones silently got put away.  I need to deal with this.

My room is a comfortable place to be.  Nice spaces. But. I feel bad for Amanda, because the seating is not of her choosing and it's hard, I know, for her to teach a lesson, while being observed by her advisor and me.  I'm not sure I can do much about this for her. But I'll check with her tomorrow and see if she has some ideas.

End of the year syndrome seems to have kicked in--in all of my classes--we still have a quarter to go. What can we do to combat this?

This is why I love having a student teacher. I get to look at my classes from a new perspective.  And fix what's broken!


  1. I'm glad the lesson went well, for your student teacher and for your students. I did love it when my assistant gave a lesson. I could sit and watch as you just did. Different kids act a bit differently if we're not the one. Great to read your reflection. FYI-your link at TWT is for yesterday's.

  2. What a great perspective to have on having a student teacher in your classroom. Sometimes I feel like we look at them as a little more work and we miss the blessing they actually are. :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. I loved watching someone else with my class. Observing the class gives such insight.

  4. Good for you for taking on this different role and using this time to make your classroom even better.

  5. Kidwatching has so many benefits and you are ready to provide your students with a new lens based on your informal data collection. Enjoy the watching time. (Happy Birthday!)