Today we did something completely awesome that was based on students' opinion! What a great example of how to use social media responsibly as a teacher. Voice and choice is VERY important to include in education. I believe if we had more opertuinites in school to give voice and choice, school would be a more positive experience for everyone. Let students have a voice.
My elementary experience was the best. I enjoyed every day that I went there and for the last 2 weeks, I really tried my hardest to become more connected to the kids and tried helping more around the classroom. I didn't think that I would enjoy my experience with them as much as I did, but I did. And now I'm considering elementary instead of high school because of the good experience that I had. The thing I liked the most was about observation time was becoming closer to the kids. It was fun when you became someone they looked up to, someone they could trust when they needed information. But I don't think there was anything I disliked about any part of my experience with my elementary kids. I loved every second! From my experience I learned that kids learn differently and at different times. Sometimes a group of kids would figure something out before the rest of the class, and when we worked on math some of them had a different way of finding the answers for the problem.
-The definition of rapport is: s a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other's feelings or ideas and communicate well.
-The teacher asks for the kids opinion, listens to them when they talk, and is generally concerned with what the students do. She also remembers what her kids have told her. Small little details that she remembers and recites back to them when they need it to be recited. This makes them feel close with the teacher and that she cares enough to remember things about them. Even the tiny things.
-Trust is established when the teacher actually shows interest in the students and the students well being. She/he will help the students when they need help and treat them like a human being, not an animal. Trust is also established when the teacher can establish rapport with the kids.
I have absolutely loved working with my elementary class! Way more than I thought I would. My favorite part is always morning meeting! The kids say the funniest things it makes me laugh. It was a little difficult at first to adjust to the long-term sub, but it's easier now. I really want to accomplish working with the kids without feeling awkward about it.
My teacher uses the computer and projector every morning to project the morning announcements. In the morning sometimes, the kids use the iPads to do math. Using technology helps the kids focus and sometimes even makes learning fun and easier.