My last visit was bitter sweet to say the least. The teacher I shadowed was amazing and so appreciative of me being there and just wished I could have stayed longer. Looking at the school and the fact that she taught in an open classroom many would think as overwhelming but to her it was just another day. Even though she had the occasional misbehaved kid she held it together and still did a phenomenal job each and every day. Throughout my observations of her classroom and the student’s gym class I learned a lot about the first grade age group and the discipline you need to give and how you need to give it.
I hope that once I become a teacher after college that I can be as good at my job each day in the same way the teacher I observed did. She was able to embody so many positive characteristics that the children could all benefit from and that it the kind of teacher I want to be. In addition, she never ignored the kids that where harder to handle and keep focused but instead she kept them engaged and taught everyone the same rules. Finally, she taught in a way that was positive for everyone to learn and helped them slowly grow up and get out of some of the little kid things that that age group comes with. My observations were so helpful in the sense that they were able to show exactly what kind of a teacher I want to be and helped me get closer to the age group I hope to teach one day. Throughout this experience of all my observations I can now step back and realize that this wasn’t just an assignment I had to complete but it was something that genuinely taught me.