This was a great first week of teaching specific subjects daily. The stress of preparing lessons was a bit high. I do feel that one of my strengths is actual teaching, but I struggle with putting things in writing when it comes to writing my plans.
I think I overwhelm myself, just because I want to ensure I cover everything.
A lot of my best ideas come to me in the middle of teaching or just before I am “on” to teach. In math, I had a lot of ideas to help students the night before a lesson. I also wrote a song in the bathroom one morning this week, while getting ready for school. Planning a week in advance has proven to be quite difficult for me; however, I do like having things planned out, so I have an idea of what I will be doing with the students. It makes sense to plan, but it is something that is going to be a work in progress for me. Balance is key. There are a lot of moving parts to teaching!
I feel like this week as a whole was a success. This was my first week teaching math to our students. Math is not one of the easiest things to plan for, as far as figuring out ahead of time what I will say, but I think each lesson went extremely well and my clinical teacher was impressed with all the materials I made. She even asked me to share one item at the grade level meeting on Tuesday, which I did and those teachers asked me to share what I made, so they could make it for their students.
I have to admit, it is a bit overwhelming looking ahead and thinking I will soon be on my own to come up with plans. However, when I stop and truly think about that, I will never be completely alone. As a beginning teacher, I'll be assigned a mentor teacher, and I'll be on my grade level team. I am (pretty) positive there will be fellow teachers that will be willing to guide me, as well, and I will soak everything in! Just call me Mrs. SpongeGold! :) haha (Yes, I did reference Spongebob. No, my kids do not watch Spongebob, and I don't either (well, anymore LOL).