#1 – Becoming More Comfortable and Confident
I still struggle being completely comfortable and getting up and speaking in front of students; they are quite intimidating for young children! My mom has always told me that I need to go into the classroom looking confident and like I know what I am doing even if I am freaking out inside. I can achieve this goal by ensuring that I use a loud, audible and clear voice, being prepared ahead of time and practicing the lessons, having a back up plan at all times, making eye contract throughout the room and always showing confidence even if I am not. I also think getting to know students as best I can, will make me more confortable in front of them, which can also tie in with my second goal.
#2 – Classroom Management
As my fellow students have also expressed, I am extremely nervous to try and have control of my classroom. I find that it will take some time to transition from a student to a teacher. Even on my first day in the classroom I kept catching myself because I wanted to introduce myself to the kids as “Tessa”, and I had to remind myself that I was now “Miss Thacker.” Its challenging because you want your students to enjoy their time with you, so it will be hard for me to be stern at times. I can achieve that by ensuring there are clear classroom rules as well as carrying out the consequences when those rules are not followed.
#3 – Organization
I like to think of myself as a very organized student, however as a teacher, I will have to take organization to an entirely different level. Being in the classroom with more responsibilities is already showing me how organized a teacher must be – not even just with the lesson plans but also having back ups upon backups upon backups because a teacher must also be prepared for things to go the other way. I can achieve this by preparing my lessons early in the week, not waiting until Sunday night, as well as keeping everything I can because as I get farther in my teaching journey, I am sure I can reuse or build from lessons. Having a safe and organized place for these will be helpful for me in the future. Having lists and organizers and calendars also really help me by letting me plan ahead so I don’t forget about anything.