My First Teaching Experience
Erin Park, SED 2019
I’m not going to lie, I haven’t always wanted to be in education. It wasn’t until I was a sophomore in high school that I realized that education was something I was interested in. It all started when I really started falling in love with my volunteer work at a camp that works with people living with disabilities. My experiences at that camp influenced me to want to major in severe special education, and coming to Boston University has made me passionate about it.
Though my path towards education started early on in my high school years, my first official teaching experience was not until this past summer. I got to work as a kindergarten teacher at a summer school at my church, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I have always loved children, especially kindergarten through second grade children, so I was very excited about my position.
Of course, I was incredibly nervous on my first day of teaching. First of all, I wasn’t even sure if I was cut out to be a teacher, and second of all, the thought of watching and teaching a bunch of rowdy five year olds was overwhelming, to say the least. Nonetheless, my first day in the classroom went better than I expected. My job as their teacher was to teach them the alphabet, how to spell words, and simple math, like counting. Though the learning content was not difficult, coming up with six weeks worth of lesson plans was something that I had never done before. At first, it was incredibly difficult for me to figure out what I should do for every day, but with time, the process got a little bit easier, and I started getting more creative with the lessons.
My first teaching experience taught me a lot about what it means to be a teacher and a lot about myself, as a future educator. For example, I always knew that coming up with lesson plans was not easy, so I’m glad that I was able to have this experience to prepare me for it in the future. I also learned that I do not have a good sense of time when I am teaching, so I now know to make sure to make a schedule of what will be done at what time.
As a freshman in the School of Education, I am so excited to get plugged into real classrooms soon and get even more training and insight on what it really is like to be a teacher. Though elementary education is not what I am majoring in, this teaching experience gave me a view of what it is that I could potentially be doing a few years from now, and I am more than excited to explore this amazing field that is education.
Erin Park is freshman in the School of Education, majoring in Special Education
PublishedStudent VoicesElementary EducationFirst Teaching ExperienceSpecial Education
My first experience as a teacher was a very challenging and exciting. When I wore my formal clothes and came out of my room, I saw my parents they were very proud to see me going to school as a teacher. This made me very proud of myself as I have almost completed their dreams. I went to Rakiraki Public High School. I was very excited as I was going to the school where I spent five years as a student and now as a teacher.
Upon reaching the school I went straight to the school principal. She was very happy to see me, a former student as a teacher in the school. She then directed me to the school practicum coordinator Mr Ravin Lal the vice principal of the school. He asked me to stay around as we wait for the rest of the teachers and then the staff meeting will be held. In the staff meeting the administrators welcome the new teaches and highlighted the teachers with the school rules and regulation. I was allocated associate teachers. I also learnt that teachers have to prepare a lot before they teach a class.
As the days progressed I was feeling more comfortable with both teachers and students. An exposure was given to me to supervise the teachers’ class who was absent. I was able to see some of the behaviour of the students towards teachers and felt respected. My associate teachers also gave me some of their classes to teach. I felt very nervous at first but then I controlled it and moved on teaching. My associate teacher helped me explain the students some of the concepts which I was not very clear on.
Moreover, I sometimes faced difficulties in supervising the classes as it was hard to explain student on concepts which are apart from my discipline. I also was also reluctant to talk to all the teachers as they were new to me. As days passed by I became more confident and was able to interact well with them.
To conclude my essay I can say that module one had a lot of experience for me as a teacher. I have learnt a lot of things about the school and the amount of work the teachers need to do in order to carry out a successful class. I also learnt that teachers need to ensure that student learn the concepts taught in class i.e. the objectives are to be achieved.