Teaching is certainly a roller coaster, with the good times and the bad times. Today was one of those bad times. A lot of the challenging students in Mrs. Sutliff's class were extra difficult. Today was the first time when I wondered if I was really fit to be a teacher, for the students were agitated when I worked with them, saying "stop helping me! I don't want to! You're boring!" It's amazing how a child's opinion can really hurt! I was stressing about it because I felt like if I couldn't work with these students than how could I ever control a whole class of screaming kids. But, I'm also struggling to find the line of when to be strict or not because it's easy for students to walk all over me, but that isn't fair for their education. Additionally, when I'm teaching lessons to students I struggle to keep the lessons concise I tend to over elaborate, which causes the students to be confused. I need to keep my lessons short and to the point so that way the students understand and will use that to their advantage.
Wednesday was a bad day, but it picked right back up today! Mrs. Sutliff even complimented me on my teaching style, which was amazing! I'm so happy that she thinks that I have a future in education. In a small group, we went to the library and worked on telling time. My lessons were much more concise for the students, as the students were able to grasp the concepts much easier and they responded correctly to my challenging questions. I love the way Mrs. Sutliff teaches, especially with time. Her methods are wonderful, she stretches out the clock to be on a number line so that the students can understand it. They can visually understand how the clock counts by 5s and then reaches the top of the hour. It makes so much sense to all of the students and it's so impressive! Working with them is wonderful and I can't wait to spend more time with the students!