Hey there teacher friends! Something a little different has taken over here at Mrs. Shipley’s Classroom!
My daughter Athena is a senior this year and has made this mama super proud by following in my footsteps on a path to becoming a teacher. Her high school has a special program that allows juniors and seniors an opportunity to get experience before even graduating high school.
I see this as a major win!!! How many people do you know that went through an education program and then actually got into a classroom and decided they wasted four years of their life?
So over the next year, Athena will be taking over the blog to share with you her experiences and hopefully gain valuable tips and tricks from you (because you know teenagers never listen to mom) and have a wealth of knowledge and experience before she ever steps foot into her own classroom.
Here are The Future Teacher Files with Miss Athena!
Hey everyone!! I am Miss Athena and I have to give a big THANK YOU (said sarcastically) to my mom for “letting” (more like telling) me take over her blog to share with you my journey to becoming a teacher. I’m just kidding….slightly…I am excited to share with all of you my experience. Hopefully I can learn a bunch from you as well along the way!
This year I am a part of Clear Falls High Schools Teacher Education Training Program, also known as TET, which provides me the opportunity to observe, interact, engage with, and teach young children at the Education Village’s elementary school, Mossman Elementary. After completing high school I plan on attending college to major in education and minor in social work. Being a part of this program provides me with valuable opportunities to network with the CCISD school district and begin my in classroom training and student teaching before I even graduate.
I travel to Mossman Elementary on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for a two hour block of my school day every week to be in my mentoring classroom. This year I have been paired with Mrs. Garcia, a first grade teacher at Mossman, and I assist her with various tasks such as supervising her classroom, running errands for her, or anything else she may need help with during my time with her. I also have the opportunity to teach lessons to the children. Every nine weeks grading period I am required to present one lesson (lesson plan included) and create an anchor chart for my classroom, but I will opt to go beyond that.
Thursday September 15th, was my first full day traveling to my mentoring classroom. On Wednesday, September 14th I dropped by my mentoring classroom to present an “All About Me” poster to the kids. Doing this allows the children to meet me, get to know a little bit about me, and become more comfortable with my presence in their classroom before my first full day of being with them. When I traveled on Thursday for my first full 2 hour block I read an “All About Miss Athena” book, that I created, to the kids to allow them to get to know me a little better. My book will stay in their classroom library all year and be available for them to read at any time. It serves as a way for the kids to be comfortable with me and find different ways in which we relate to one another.
Upon talking to Mrs. Garcia, my mentoring teacher, and hearing about the difficulties she is having with trying to manage flexible seating in her classroom this year, as well as some behavior problems that she is having, I proposed that my fist lesson to her class be introducing Whole Brain Teaching. Having grown up watching my mom incorporate WBT into her every day routine in her classroom, present on a national stage to school districts across the country, and seeing all the positive things it allowed her to achieve throughout the year, not only with classroom management but also with Math and Language arts, I believe that by taking the first step of introducing my class to WBT I will be creating a positive and controlled learning environment for the kids.
The day I introduce WBT to my classroom, I will be taking a full day at my mentoring campus and will be will the kids from arrival to dismissal. I plan on doing this so I can not only show my mentoring teacher what an entire day of WBT in the classroom looks like but also give the kids a chance to be exposed to the new rules and expectations they will be held to. Be sure and check back often to follow me on my journey this year!
What would it have meant to your own teaching career to have had a program like the one I am a part of? Do you have any advice for this new and growing teacher? Leave your comments below!