This is my last week having complete control of the kindergarten classroom, and the teacher with whom I'm working is letting me handle everything now. I feel like I really experienced what being a true teacher was like today.
Today gave me the opportunity to see how difficult it can be to balance a classroom when you're the only person in charge. Last week, though I was "in charge," I still had the teacher there to jump in when I needed her. Today, especially for the ten minutes when I was alone with the kids, I got to see what it's like when you're the sole teacher in a classroom. For example, while I was alone with the kids this afternoon, a security lady at the front desk buzzed into our room via intercom to tell me that a child was leaving, I was getting the rest of the class settled to start our math lesson, and a kid from first grade knocked on our door to talk to the teacher. It felt like everything was happening at once, and I almost had to laugh when I turned around from opening the door to see that not one, not two, but every single kid in the class had gotten up to stand behind me and peek out into the hallway. Luckily, everyone listened when I told them to sit back down, and the teacher showed up right then so we could continue on with our math lesson. It was just so funny that everything had to happen at the same time.
I also dealt with a huge line of kids waiting for me to help them or check their papers after they had finished their worksheets today. It never seemed like we had that many kids in the classes until I was looking at them all, paper in hand, standing before me in a long line. But as overwhelming as it became at times, I did feel like a real teacher today, working with my kindergarten kids and getting through a day's work. It was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot too.
I'm looking forward to being the teacher in charge for the rest of the week... It will sure feel like a load off of my shoulders when I start splitting the work with the teacher once again!
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