The students finished up this week with a lesson on density, mass, and volume, which Mrs. Lane has been alluding to for the past few weeks, as there is a specific puzzle that can only be solved once the students learn density. Therefore, all of the class lessons have led up to this particular topic. All of her lessons are weaved together to concoct learning material and an environment compacted with curiosity that urges the student to succeed in school. Mrs. Lane's ability to encourage that excitement and curiosity in the classroom is very respectable, and inspires me to emphasize the wonder in learning, for myself and my future students. In these six weeks, I've become very accustom to challenging students to expand the information they already know into a deep knowledge of the material that will be applicable throughout their careers. Observing in a sixth grade class has been so inspirational for me as a student and a teacher as it has reminded me of love my love for learning, and has explained how a teacher can instruct those emotions in the environment, and how this can be demonstrated throughout all grade levels. I've enjoyed so much of the rapport I was able to build with each of the students. I've received several e-mails from many of my students since the last day of observations, and I'm so proud of the abilities I've been able to establish with each of those students. Unfortunately, my reasoning for refraining from becoming a middle school teacher occurs in the structure of middle school, as it seems to be very hands off with most of the students seated for the majority of the class, and the teacher stands in front of the classroom and lectures. It's not what I want for my future, and not the method I desire to inspire my students with. Although I love the age of 6th graders, I'm afraid middle school just isn't for me. Hopefully if I attend a university out of state, I will obtain a licensure that allows me to teach k-6, so I can teach this age if I desire.
The Map of the Learning World
Along with me as your tour guide, you'll also find I've added my daily journal entries, or blogs, to help guide you through the learning world. Feel free to check them out!