That will hopefully assuage my fears and get rid of some of the nervousness. Kids really pick up on that – I had one student respond in his feedback for the Tuesday lesson with this advice: “Don’t be stressed. Your [sic] a great teacher.” I need to take his advice.
• Get more large-group teaching experience in a school setting with middle schoolers. I love working with middle schoolers – they are so much fun and have so much to offer! That being said, for both of my 8th grade placements this year, my mentors have noted that I need to build confidence when working with kids that age. I hope to do a fair amount of subbing at the junior high when I am home to get some of that experience in front of middle schoolers. I know a decent number of the kids I’d be subbing for, which is both good and bad.
• Share more of my personal life with students. I know this is not a very concrete goal, but this is something I need to do more with students. I have known some of these students for basically the entire school year, yet they probably don’t know that I have a brother in 8th grade. It’s those little things that will help me be a better teacher and connect with my students better and will help build the relationships that I love so