Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Too many thoughts

Sometimes the mind works too much.

School starts back up on the 25th. I begin student teaching. I am in a classroom, with an art teacher but I teach lessons and all that. It makes me nervous. I am having a bit of an inner crisis. I am crafting and will be back in a few days to show you. Hopefully my inner wishy-washiness will have subsided. Just feeling off.


  1. You'll be great! I'm sure the nerves are normal. I remember literally wringing my hands through my first class as the instructor...

  2. Sorry, hope you start to feel better, let me know if you need to talk. Good luck on student teaching you will be great.

  3. I agree with the too many thoughts, you will feel better soon. Can't wait to hear about your student teaching, Good luck.

  4. Good luck with the nerves! You'll do fine. =)

  5. Trust me you will be awesome, and the students are going to just love Miss Jodi as they always do :)

  6. Everyone feels that way. I was a co-operating teacher for many education students in my teaching career. I always told them that it was okay to goof up as long as you learned from the experience and could plan a way to make that goof better in the future.

    Also, not every lesson is a masterpiece even for experienced teachers. Teaching is all about planning to control all of the variables and then being able to abort the plans and think creatively if the planning didn't work out. There are a lot of variables - some you can plan for (subject coverage, known student strengths and weaknesses, some student behavior expectations) and some you can't (students having an off-day collectively and personally, distractions like announcements, fire drills, weather, full moons, etc.).

    I have found that the biggest contributors to being a successful teacher are to respect the students and expect them to respect you (set the ground rules on this right away and communicate them to the kids), keeping a sense-of-humor, and always give a student one warning before following through with consequences (see ground rules above).

    Good luck! Teaching can be awesomely rewarding!