After a week…
I have just completed the first week of a four week placement in a Grade 2 classroom at the local public school. Last year, I fought to get into this school to no avail. I had pretty much given up on it when the opportunity came up for a class at the Community College that would allow me a four week work placement of my choice.
Being back in the classroom after over a year was a bit strange at first. Being in a classroom with almost double the amount of students that I’m used to – that has been a huge adjustment. A public school classroom is very different from a Christian school classroom in a lot of ways. But, in other ways, it’s just the same.
I get to work one-on-one with a lot of different kids at different levels with different abilities. I get to teach in front of a classroom – building on ideas and concepts they already know and introducing new ones. I get to interact with the other teachers and learn from watching how they interact with the students. For me, that’s an invaluable opportunity – every teacher has his or her own way of interacting with, disciplining and teaching the students. Every opportunity I get to observe that and learn from it is an opportunity for growth for me.
It’s also been a bit difficult getting used to being “on” all the time. Over the last year, I have spent so much time not having to interact with people other than my family – something the introverted part of me has really enjoyed. Haha. I’m not quite used to having to spend so much time talking and interacting, but I’m getting used to it.
I am loving every minute of being back in the classroom. There are still adjustments I need to make, but I feel that growth is good – especially when it will benefit me down the road. Being able to interact with students and see them learn and grasp concepts is what my heart loves. It’s what I crave being able to do.
In other news, being in the school has been extremely beneficial to my tutoring business. I already have another student booked and I spoke today with a mother who wants me to begin tutoring her two daughters. The teacher that I work with told me about a room in the school that I may be able to use so that I can start tutoring right at the school instead of at the library. All of these things make me very excited!