Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Today I was able to tape the first of my three lessons, and I was really excited to get through this first day. The kids did pretty well (aside from the first three times I had to start and stop filming because they all came down with a case of the giggles!) and I think the lesson went well overall.
On a bright note, this morning, the teacher that I'm working with told me that I did a wonderful job teaching math yesterday. As I had written, the kids were having a hard time understanding the math, and we spent a really long time on it. The teacher told me that she gets caught up in making sure the classroom is running smoothly, so she didn't get to talk to me yesterday, but that she wanted to make sure she let me know when I was doing a good job because I thought on my feet and was able to find a way to make the kids understand the concept. I was really proud of myself when I heard that.
Just because I'm a senior in college, doesn't mean that I don't like to hear when I'm doing a good job with something. I think it's even more important to make sure that kids know when they're doing a good job though. I believe that children will rise to any occasion, and that it's the job of educators and parents to instill self-confidence in children. This goes for all children, but especially kids in foster care who feel like they are "different" or don't fit in. I want to be a teacher so I can make a difference in children's lives; to make them feel good about themselves and their abilities and what the future may hold for them. I see what an impact that makes each day as I'm in the classroom for student teaching.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.