JOURNAL PROMPT/BLOG #2——>At Placement Site
I really enjoyed my placement. Honestly in the beginning, I was really nervous about going into my placement classroom. This isn’t because I don’t like kids or because I know I was going to face some challenges, or because it was a new placement, but mainly because I am unfamiliar with students with disabilities. This was the first time that I was going to be in a special day class and I had no proper training or previous experiences on how to work with these individuals. I was afraid that I would do something wrong or offend someone. It all made me nervous and scared. My stomach was tight and I was on top of everything the first day.
On my first encounter, a little girl walked up to me (I’m guessing to give me a hug) but being paranoid, I stepped back, thinking she was trying to hit me because I didn’t look familiar. She just looked at me. I felt horrible. But I am thankful that now I can just go in and hug them.
From what I have learned in SPED 343 and my psychology class really help me understand and calmed me and the way I was able to work and be able to get to know them. By the fourth time I went into the classroom, I have already made some friends and it just all seemed like a general Ed class. I wasn’t nervous anymore. I really like the students. My placement teacher made it a fun experience and was very kind about letting me work with individuals in helping them. She was often busy with the class and hardly had time to talk to me and the aides but the structure of the class was well-constructed. The students are progressing. I’ve come to accept that these students are such hard workers and I can see myself working and being comfortable teaching and becoming their friends. Many of them only struggle with little things such as not being able to sit still, having a hard time, writing, having speech problems, or taking a bit longer to finish an assignment; just like we all do at some things. Working with disability students helped me to become more patient and loving. It just may be the thing for me!
time to get back on and start posting!!! fun fun fun!! hay tumblr!, it’s been a while!
HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY PLACEMENT: NEG’s, POS’s, and IMPACTS
First Reflective Posting
Going into my placement has been one interesting experience. I really enjoy the teacher, getting to know many other aids, and best, getting to know the students, although I feel like it is all very challenging. I’ve been to my placement three times and each time I have gotten the chance to observe and also help out the students but I don’t think I have really impact them in any realistic way yet. I probably won’t because I may only serve 15 hours there overall. With that said though, I will try my best to go in as open minded as possible and I am hoping that I will be a positive influence to at least one of them. The purpose of my service is to really go in and help these students learn, help them believe in themselves, and encourage them to the best of their ability. But being with them will give me more experience in becoming a teacher and let me decide if it is a possible path that I may want to focus my teaching on.
I’ve never really had the chance to be around anyone who has a disability to the point where I can totally understand their difficulties. From what I have learn in my psych class about syndromes and specific misplace of loss in a chromosome that can lead to a disability or a malfunction child is just so disappointing, sad, and it frustrates me. What made mad were the babies who are born with FAS. And this is because it is a preventable syndrome and just from the mother drinking alcohol can cause the life of a child. So going with this just makes it a little hard to see what so little can do to these precious students. With very small background knowledge of disabilities, I think it will create a barrier for me to try to connect with these awesome kids. However, I think I am a pretty positive person and being around kids and teaching is what I want to do so I hope that I may be able to get that across somehow. I feel like it’s not always the best thing, but I am more focused on the child socially than I am with them educationally. So when I go in, my goal is to help them with their math and sentence writing but I also add in some jokes or a personal thing about my struggle. I like to see them laugh and also know that I care for them. I like to give hug (although I’m not sure if the state even allows that anymore) and just check up on them. My main goal before I finish my hours is to learn all their names and have them find/share a strength/talent that they have.
great article. good teacher’s insight. one day we may be the teacher and have our own assistants, we can reflect upon this. as beginners now let’s make our journey there the best and most enjoyable!
the theme for our class this week is respect and just thought i should share a few piks here! :)
I’m dying down as I’m counting the last few days left of placement. It’s hard to try to pull yourself away from all these beautiful children and my awesome special pal. I’m actually sad about it. I just feel so belong there. Today was a great day. I feel like my feelings sort of took away from it though because i just keep think, “Mai Kou in a few more weeks and you’re gone, maybe never to see these students again.” ugh! It hurts.
Today at recess, instead of staying in,my special pal and six of his other friends, we decided to go out and enjoy the beautiful weather. I have been staying in for about two weeks now just helping the teacher correct and file paper, listen to stories, or work with students on math. Going out today helped brought some joy to my soul. We played hide and go seek for the whole recess. It was funny because we kept getting more and more people to play an it was hard to see who had already been seen and who is actually playing. I ran around the whole time with the kids giggling and being young. I really didn’t know if i am allow to do that. I don’t know what kind of example of influence that would be on the students. I just hope they took it well and think that “future teachers” can be fun and loves to be young as well. (sorry future teachers if they didn’t see it that way).
My special pal shared with me his new comic he has made today and we joked about his characters. He’s doing well with communicating a little bit more in class and talking to his classmates. I am very proud of him and i hope ill get to see him soon after break! :)
here is a video i liked and that will hopefully help me think of some ideas for mines. Im not really sure what i want to do tho
really like this quote