This past week marked my last week at the high school level. Some of the kids found out that it was my last day, and they were not happy. I was continually asked why I had to go. One girl told me that she didn't want me to go because she was just now starting to use me as a resource. "How am I going to get caught up with my work if you're not here to help me?" It was great to here that I have made a difference during my student teaching.
After seven weeks, I can say that I love working with high school kids. Friday, some of the math teachers were giving me their last tidbits of advice for the future. Several told me that they hoped I liked middle school because they knew that they could never teach middle school. I've also been told that I will either be cut out to be a middle school teacher or a high school teacher, but I can't be both. I guess only time will tell. But, I'm hoping to learn to love middle school students, too.
I believe my new cooperating teacher and I are going to get along very well. During this second half of my student teaching, I will have many more responsibilities. Since I will be planning more lessons and teaching much more, I hope to have more useful and informative posts. I will begin by observing his classroom. But, I will soon take over five periods of 8th grade pre-algebra.
My main goal will be preparing these students for their state math test at the end of the semester. So far, most of my teaching has involved introducing a concept for the first time. However, these students will have seen all of these concepts previously. I believe it will be an interesting experience to teach these review lessons, especially because I did not see how the lesson was initially taught.