Overall I have a new understanding of how to handle older students. Before this opportunity I had no experience with children older than 5. So going into this I was a little nervous about how to handle the older age groups. I now can say that I have a good understanding of how to work with older children. I also have a better understanding of my role as the head teacher of a class. I have to do more than just present a lesson to them. Making personal connections with each of the students I think is an important thing that I learned from working with the Boys and Girls Club.
This quarter I have had the opportunity to have my class Monday – Thursday which is one thing that has made me happy. Seeing the kids that many times a week has been important in making the relationships I now have with the students. Getting to know each of them, and them getting to know me must be one of my favorite things about teaching this quarter, and just in general. The projects that I have created, and implemented in my class are also something that has made me happy. The kids have all had positive responses to the projects and enjoyed doing them.
I am looking forward to continue getting to know the students. They all have their own personalities that represent who they are, and as a teacher, I want to know who my students are and try and understand them the best I can. I also look forward to continuing to work on my lesson plans. This experience with writing lesson plans is helpful in keeping me in the mindset that I am teaching a class and I need to be professional.