Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Another thing I will have to be mindful of is following my role models. I have had some amazing teachers, and I remember some of my favorite assignments from them, or the way they taught that made me immediately understand the concept. I will be tempted to try to apply their methods in my own classroom. While there isn't necessarily anything wrong with doing that while I figure out my own teaching style, I will have to keep in mind that just because they were my favorite teacher, doesn't mean their lesson plan or methods worked as well for my peers. Contrarily, the teachers who I disliked were other student's favorites. Ultimately, I just have to remember that everyone is different, and try to work with that in the best way that I can.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I don't really like the way this website is organized and I hate the 180 character thing, both of these things are really frustrating. But I guess that frustration is valuable, because it gives me and idea of how teachers who are new to all of this feel. My mom is going to college online, and when she doesn't grasp things like how to use Word, it can be frustrating to teacher her- this is easy, why aren't you getting it?! This Twitter business is helping me understand the importance of patience, and also introduced me to a site I would have otherwise never used. Mr. Smith should teach us to use Tumblr next, because that baffles me too!
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I got into special ed two years ago when I began volunteering at my local elementary school. The class I helped in had three amazing students in it, and I was still learning awesome stuff about things like sensory rooms and communication building, but it had the added element of seriously caring about the people I was with. Between volunteering at the elementary school and a vocational center, I have made real friends with students and teachers alike.
|Spring 2012 at the special needs prom. It. Was. AWESOME.|
I love the idea of teaching. Of giving someone information in a way that improves their life and helps them grow as a person. The name of my blog is What I Make, after Taylor Mali's poem "What Teachers Make". It is hugely inspirational, and every time I listen to it I am reminded of why the future is so exciting.