I’m a teacher! In fact, here I am in front of my new classroom:
The past few months have been an absolute whirlwind! I did my 10-week practicum from the beginning of October to the beginning of December. Immediately after finishing my practicum, I led a Brownie camp for the weekend. On the following Monday I was invited to interview for a teaching position. The next day (Tuesday) I did the interview, and the day after that (Wednesday) I was offered a job teaching a grade 2/3 French Immersion class. Overall, I am so excited to have this opportunity! It feels daunting at times, but then I remember the expression my dad always says: “Eat the elephant one bite at a time.” In eduspeak we would use terms like scaffolding and mindfulness.
Childhood analogies aside, I am now working to prepare for the coming months as a 2/3 French Immersion teacher. I have a few questions for experienced teachers:
- How do you build community in your classroom?
- Do you have any tips for a new teacher?
Please comment or tweet your answers to me (@MlleBallen)!