Secondary Teacher (Education and Training) : (REFLECTION (I chose this…
Secondary Teacher (Education and Training) :
I chose this occupation because I know I have always loved teaching younger kids, and I wanted to experience what it would be like to teach a middle school age group and see how different it is from a teacher perspective from an elementary level.
I really liked tutoring math during my apprenticeship because I was able to interact with the students on a more one on one basis as well as troubleshoot what teaching methods to use with each student. It was challenging but very enjoyable. I worked with a wide range of student levels and that helped me learn how to adjust to different students needs. This was a very helpful experience that helped me realize just how much I love to teach!
I didn’t like the observing portion of my apprenticeship. This was because I found that I liked being more involved with the class. I am not as fond of watching the students work and observing the teacher. While it was very beneficial, it was less enjoyable. I would rather be interacting because I tend to learn more when I am doing hands-on activities rather than writing down observations.
After spending time at this job, I have decided that this job is something I do want to pursue further because I like being with a more mature age group although they are still younger. I also like the level of learning that goes on. What they learned in math especially were things that I am learning now in high school, just the bare basic level. I like how this age group focuses on more challenging things than younger elementary levels do because I like the level of math they were learning about.
My tasks: : Grade papers, answer questions, tutor in math/science, assist with projects, organize papers/projects, collaborate with teachers, observe teaching, print and sort teacher resources.
Education: bachelors and higher
Projected Growth: average(5%-9%)
Annual wage: $59,170
Become comfortable with disciplining and keeping students on track and focused.
I did meet this goal. I had the opportunity to walk around the room and had a few instances where I reminded students to get back onto the site they were supposed to be on. At first, it was awkward being in that position but I got comfortable with it over time. My supervisor said it was an excellent goal to focus on because she stated that learning how to discipline effectively will help to maintain the most effective learning environment for all the students. this was a very great goal to help me prepare to become a teacher if I choose to pursue that path.
Learn how to plan and prepare a lesson that relates back to the essential question.
I did meet this goal because I was able to go over lesson plans for the 7th graders on MLA format. I collaborated with Mrs. Balliet and she provided me with different resources I could use that would help me teach it and left it up to me to determine how I would teach it to the students. I planned the lesson by going over the outline and resources and determining which ones I would use to be able to get the point across to the students clearly. I was not however able to teach this lesson because of a schedule change in their class, but I was still able to meet this goal by understanding the process, trial, and error teachers go through to plan a lesson the effectively answers the topics for class.
Learn how to help students understand concepts in different ways.
I did meet this goal because I was able to tutor the 6th graders in Math and Science. Some of the kids were more advanced while others were behind. I was able to challenge myself and teach the concepts in ways that each individual would understand very effectively. For instance, I had the opportunity to tutor one student, who was much farther behind the other students all about the scientific method. Throughout the process, I had several memorization methods that I tried with him such as repeating, writing, and putting pieces of paper in the correct order. It took much trial and error before I found out that he learned best visually and the sorting worked! These experiences helped me meet this goal.
Standard#3: Acquire Career Information
I met this standard because throughout the course of my apprenticeship I was able to recognize different skills and abilities that I possess that will help me be successful in this career. For instance, I recognized my skill to problem solve quickly and effectively. I saw this when I tutored. When one method of explanation did not clarify the topic, I was able to quickly re-explain it to make more sense without taking too much time. I also recognized my ability to be compassionate and patient which is especially important in this career. When working with the students on projects I had to be patient with them and make sure they felt valued and important. All of these skills and abilities can be easily applied to this career.
Standard #6: Apply Skills to Achieve Career Goals
I met this standard because I was able to apply my personal strengths and gain new knowledge to effectively meet my career goals. I was able to learn how to work effectively with other teachers because I was frequently working alongside the teachers' assistants. They taught me how to work with certain students who needed extra help and we worked together to divide the workload to solve time management problems. I was able to utilize my problem-solving skills and ability to be patient to meet my goal of effectively conveying different ideas to students. I was also able to apply compassion to learn how to effectively discipline students while still making them feel valued. Everything listed above that I applied to my apprenticeship was extremely important for me to fully achieve my career goals.
Standard#2: Develop Employment Readiness
I met this standard because I learned a lot about the responsibilities of a secondary education teacher as well as how they manage class time and work as a team with other teachers. First, I was able to experience firsthand what the responsibilities of a teacher are. I had to print off resources, create grading keys, grade papers, sort projects and keep the students work organized. Learning about this helped me understand the importance of organizational management in the classroom. I also experienced how teachers plan out their lessons in order to cover the materials needed to answer the EQ for the day. I did this by observing lectures. I also worked with up to two TA's and one teacher at a time during tutoring and project days and learned the importance of delegation and working as a team to keep the classroom managed and get the most work done.