As a former student of Mrs. Lane's class, I know why many students continue their relationships with her after they graduate, and that reason contributes to my reasoning for returning to the classroom. I immediately felt comfortable with her ability to encourage my learning with positive reinforcement. While teaching specific lessons that may be difficult to the students, she slows down her lessons to match the need of the students, careful to listen to their feedback, which shows she truly cares for each student and their feelings, as she wants to respect the individuals. Occasionally when someone shares an incorrect response to the class, instead of quickly moving on to the next student, she takes the time to weave little hints into her sentences to guide them to understanding the learning. Once they eventually arrive on the "aha" moment, the students feel this wave of success, and they are suddenly eager to participate in class due to Mrs. Lane's belief in their intelligence. Assignments that are turned in to Mrs. Lane always leave her hands with positive comments, which represent her pride for their work, and the belief that the students possess the ability to learn. The entire environment is based off of positive feelings with the idea that success can be accomplished with hard work. The students just began a unit on matter, which the students seem to be very interested in. But, the specific details are more challenging to grasp than I first assumed, as though they seem to confuse the terms weight and matter. Mrs. Lane is taking the time to reiterate the differences each day to make sure they're content on the learning. Finally, the students were trying to find the volume of the box, but it was interesting because Mrs. Lane told me not to tell the students the formula to solve for volume even though they didn't know it. Thus, the students sat confused and didn't accomplish any work. I thought it was bizarre that she didn't want them to know the formula, and then they wasted part of a period sitting there not doing anything, and at the end of the time she didn't explain the formula; therefore, when I become a teacher I don't think that's a method I am going to utilize in the classroom. Overall, this week was very educational, and gave me a new perspective to who I will become as a teacher.
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!