The last day of my teaching experience started like most of the others. We had warm up sheets, the two minute math test, pledge to the flag, etc. For the math lesson we started with watching some of the Schoolhouse Rock videos on multiplication. After the videos we did some multiplication activities and ISTEP sample problems. Maybe my post on play vs inquiry had a small effect on Mrs. J.
The children went to music and gym today. While they were gone Mrs. J. and I talked while she planned lessons and I graded papers. She showed me the highly scored scoring rubric she had filled out to send to my college. Even though it wasn't all flowers and sunshine, I received high marks from all involved.
The afternoon writing activity was a small group project designed to teach descriptive writing, The students were allowed to pick their own groups. The four high ability girls banded together. The boys stuck together. The below grade level students grouped together. The results were not what we expected. The high ability group and the two groups of boys spent most of their time arguing and correcting each other. The low ability group worked together and produced more descriptive sentences than any of the other groups. It was fun to watch.
We did a few other activities and took a few tests as the end of the day approached. The students turned in their work and got ready to leave. On girl took Mrs. J out into the hall to tell her something urgent just before the students were released. I found out later that the girl had a surprise gift that she wanted Mrs. J. to deliver to me.
Here is my parting gift:
My friend N__ had brought me a Valentine card.
After the students had left Mrs. J and I discussed how things had went and what we had learned over the past two weeks. We both had a great time and worked well together.. Mrs. J, who had said on day one that she never wanted to have another student teacher for 8 weeks, invited me back to do my student teaching in her classroom. I could have not wished for a better evaluation than to be invited back to teach again.
I have made many new friends over the past two weeks. I have strengthened some professional relationships. I have learned about children and about myself. I discovered new things about office politics and the interaction of school departments. I learned how to use a Promethean board, electronic voters, and two different document cameras. I discovered how to co-teach and how differentiation works in the classroom. I made a great connection with my friend and mentor Mrs. J.
I learned that a handwritten card and an apple sucker can be the best gift in the world.
Happy Valentines Day N____.
I'm going to go eat my sucker, look at all of the photos I took this week, and miss my students for a little while.
Thanks kids. Thanks Mrs. J. I'll miss you.