We were challenged this week to present 4 questions that we want answered by the end of the semester. My first question is where to begin? We have talked about a wide variety of topics in methods class and I have learned so much since the beginning of the school year. However, I still feel as though there is so much I have yet to learn. This is exciting as well as a touch nerve-wracking. Do I know enough? Will I be a good teacher? So many, many questions, but I have chosen the following 4 as the most mystifying.
I’m really bad at estimating how much time different activities/lessons will take. How can I conquer this important skill? What are some tips and tricks for making the most out of the limited amount of class time I have with my students?
We here it time and time again – document everything. However, it has never been explicitly explained what information I should be documenting. Some things are a no-brainer. For example, if a student threatens another student, then I should document the incident and then report it to administration. However, what other types of information should I be sure to include in my records? How often should I be recording this information? These records should be kept purely objective, correct? Therefore, should I keep more personal notes reflecting on my own teaching and my students in a separate journal?
What are the dynamics between student teacher and cooperating teacher? In my mind, my cooperating teacher would be my mentor. I would like to be able to talk honestly and openly with them about teaching. However, I have also been warned to not reveal too much about my nervousness or worries; because, after all, my cooperating teacher is judging my performance in the classroom. So, to open up or keep quiet?
Mystifying Question #4: Should I join a teacher’s union?
I hear a lot of mixed messages about the unions. I hear that they can protect you in legal situations. I also hear a lot about the messy politics involved in giving your money to a union. Would it be a good idea to join or just a waste of money?