Practicum Reflection Paper

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It seems strange looking back on practicum and remembering how much I was dreading it before I started. I was so nervous, but I very quickly fell in love with my kiddos and teaching as a profession. I learned so much from the students, my clinical supervisor, and the rest of the school staff. I will carry these lessons with me through my remaining field experience opportunities and into my career. I am beyond excited to see what my next field experience will teach me and what amazing teachers and students I will get to work with.
Getting ready for practicum my first day, I was petrified and my stomach was in knots. So many questions were running through my mind. What if I made a bad first impression? What if my clinical supervisor did not
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Over the past few months, I have fallen in love with nineteen completely different and truly inspiring personalities. Each child comes to class from a different background, with different abilities, and with different stories. Having the opportunity to get to know them is something I will never forget. I look forward to practicum each and every week. As soon as the kids come in the door, every single one is happy to see me and my day is completely brightened. This is not to say there have not been challenging times. There have been many days that I want to collapse into my car seat because I’m so exhausted when I leave. I have to remind myself that it is only noon and if I were teaching my day would be far from over. A full day of squatting constantly to view student work and hearing your name shouted across the room without a raised hand can be exhausting. Couple this with chasing a runner and dealing with the emotions of nineteen small children and anyone would be tired. Keeping up my energy throughout the day does not begin to touch how difficult it is to let go at the end of that day. Between a case of suspected child abuse and another child nearly being pulled from the class and placed in foster care, my heart has been heavy many nights. During …show more content…
The most important lesson that I have learned from this semester is that teaching is not all “aha” moments and monogrammed school supplies. Teaching is hard, messy (like catching vomit in your hands messy) and it never stops. There is no clocking out in the afternoon and forgetting about the stresses till the next day. My clinical supervisor showed me the amount of work she takes home to grade and to prepare for the next day and it is intense. She always answers my emails within moments and I know this is because she is working from her son’s soccer practice. She works nonstop, at school and at goes home, to give her students the best chance for success. I also learned how much of a teacher’s own money is spent on the class, whether it be from buying lessons, materials, or a treat for students. At the beginning of the semester when we discussed what we thought our strengths and weaknesses would be I was particularly concerned about timing. This is something my teacher excels at, so she provided a great example. She taught me to set quiet alarms that I can use to signal myself. This will alert me so I can give my students a five-minute warning. One of the most important lessons I learned in my practicum was actually inspired by something I learned at Gordon. When lessons are fun and engaging students learn more. This may seem obvious to some people, but I had reservations until I witnessed it for myself.

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