For my final week of observations, I will be helping a student do his project. He did well on the last one that I helped him with so I was given the chance to work with him again. I'm excited, and scared because I still have trouble knowing how to help the student through a problem/ question rather than just giving away answers. Although I have looked into it a bit and will probably do again tonight. I will report during the week as we go along! I'm excited to help him again, and do better than I did before.
As I near the end of my Senior Year and the end of EDU and Observations, I realized that this year was the best year of my high school career. Thanks to EDU, I was able to realize that I didn't want to become a high school History teacher but instead, an English teacher. I have had so many wonderful experiences thanks to the EDU program. If I could go back and change one thing about it all, it would be that I actually learned more in class. The ILC is a great place to learn things on your own, and learn from experiences, but, I've never really learned anything in the classroom. And while that's good, it's also bad. I find whenever I tried to work with a student I had a very hard time trying to do so without giving away answers. I never challenged them, I never knew how to build rapport with students, and I don't know how to manage a classroom. Although my EDU experience was fun, I didn't learn much, and I'm excited to actually learn how to be a teacher in the fall.
Yesterday I was able to work with a student one on one with his project in world history over globalization. It was a little difficult because I feel like I didn't challenge him enough to do his work and figure the problems out himself. I wish that my teachers at the ILC would've taught me how to work with a student and challenge them instead of basically giving them the answer. It's hard and I don't know when I'm doing it, so I can't usually fix it until after.