I have finished my first week as a high school teacher! Somethings went better than expected, other things did not! But, I guess THAT is to be expected, isn’t it? That’s kind of the beauty of teaching – it’s constantly changing, and things rarely go exactly how you imagine.
Overall, I think it has gone OK. I’m loving being able to teach students one-on-one, especially since they have such diverse needs. Being the geek I am, I’m actually having a bit of fun relearning the Math content! No best way to learn something than to have to teacher it, right?
There is something that’s not going great for me on a personal level though. Because I’m spending a lot of my time re-learning and getting comfortable with the curriculum, I’m not able to spend the time incorporating more inquiry, critical thinking, or constructivist approaches.
I suppose this is a common problem amoung early-career teachers. A lot of time is spent getting your bearings.
But, as someone who prides oneself on having a teaching philosophy based on the above strategies, it has been hard to try to “do it all”. In my last post, I clearly saw this coming and had some ideas of how to incorporate things gently. That being said, it still kind of hurts the pride. I WANT to be doing 3-act Math activities, and incorporating environmental science into problems, and getting the students up and moving, and, and, and….
There are a couple of related issues that complicate things. First is having one-on-one classes means things like pair/small group/large group activities are out. Second is not keeping up with new teaching strategies. I don’t have PD to rely on for this. I do have Twitter, but it’s frustrating to see all these new buzzwords (SPIRALLING???) and not know what it is.
I’ve never been one with the patience, and this situation is a clear example of that. I know in my head that I can’t do everything all at once, and be the most awesome teacher ever RIGHT NOW. It is an evolutionary process.
Maybe I’ll finally learn patience!