After teaching the first part of a math lesson in my Dyad placement, I am feeling like a three year old race horse bucking at the starting gate ready to run. Hopefully during next Winter and Spring’s student teaching, I will not be the horse that rushes right out of the gate and then looks for greener pastures in the middle of the race track. Even though the rational part of my mind knows I need more preparation, another part of me just wants to dive in and learn on the job. Perhaps this is the part of me that is ready to be done with academic class work as the quarter comes to a close with all of its final projects. Of course, then my rational side says, “You know, you will have tons of lesson planning and prep. work when you teach, don’t you?” Teaching this lesson on collecting data for a graph was just so much fun that I want to keep practicing!
Fast forward to my feelings after teaching the second half of the lesson mentioned above on the following day. The first 15 minutes went just as planned, then almost everything that could go wrong, did. There were technical difficulties with the smart board, I got totally sidetracked by a dominating student’s suggestion (later realizing on the video that he had not even raised his hand when others did have raised hands), and I even bumped into the DVD player causing Bill Nye the science guy audio to start playing. Thank goodness I and everyone in the room had a good sense of humor. Did I mention the lesson went so long that there was no closure, because it was time for recess? When I picked up the graphs the students had made, only 2/3 had done them correctly and half of those could have been much neater to clearly depict the data. Let’s just say it was a great learning experience! Despite really wishing I could hit the rewind button on that lesson, I am still chomping at the bit for more. I am ready to practice this art of teaching, and, believe me, when I say, “It is an art!”