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This morning I spent quite a few hours in two meetings, back to back, about my fieldwork and student teaching for the rest of my senior year of college. This semester, I will be in my third consecutive semester of fieldwork. In the past, I worked half-day once a week in a kindergarten classroom, and then for two hours once a week in an after-school program with fourth grade students. Beginning next week, I’ll now be working one full day a week with a sixth grade English teacher.
I’m really excited to be starting this fieldwork, although I was quite nervous when I was first told my placement. I have never worked with sixth grade students before, and since my brother is currently in sixth grade, I know how difficult that transition into middle school can be. I was worried that kids would still be dealing with the anxiety of starting a new school and the new work load, and that it would be difficult for me to fit into their schedules and be accepted as an authority figure in the room. I’m only ten years older than these students, which means that it’s possible for them to have siblings my age or almost my age. I didn’t want that to affect how I am perceived in the classroom and distract from my learning to be a teacher.
Now, I’m just really excited about starting my placement, and moving one step closer to student teaching next semester. If all goes well, I’ll be gaining a lot of valuable experience over the course of this year, and will be ready to teach by the time I graduate in May.
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