Did university prepare me enough for my future teaching profession?
The first term of the year has flown right by! Whilst Kindergarten embraced their first term at a brand new school, along with stages 1-3 in February 2017, it was my first term of teaching altogether as a new graduate! The question is, did I feel university completely equipped me for my future teaching profession?
I believe the answer is no, university did not prepare me for all aspects of the teaching world. Until you are put in certain situations and experience it for yourself it is hard to know what to expect just by completing 3000 word essays. I believe it is all about the practical experience, which enables us to grow and extend to be the best possible teachers we can be for our 21st century learners.
My first term so far has been incredible, exciting, overwhelming, extraordinary, and exhausting all at the same time. You are probably thinking how can you be feeling all of these emotions at once?
Coming into Kindergarten this year I have experienced many tears, toileting accidents (not just the wet!), challenging behaviours, various learning abilities, EAL/D students as well as lack of sleep. To add to that, I have come into the new world of teaching through ‘agile learning spaces’ all which have helped shape my ideas, pedagogy and ways of thinking when it comes to assisting my students to become motivated and engaged learners.
I have been very fortunate this term to be supported by an amazing grade partner. We work collaboratively every day and most nights to plan and cater for all the needs of our students. There are so many things which I could share based on how we work collaboratively in the classroom and what it looks like for us as teachers and for our students although I am going to save that for one of my future blogs!
I not only have a great partner to work with by my side, I am also grateful that I work with such a great team of colleagues that surround me. Everyday is a treat with the staff members and I feel extremely supported and encouraged. At the beginning of the year a few of the staff members had said ‘no question is a silly question.’ It got me thinking, without asking questions, how do would we learn? How do we grow and extend our current knowledge to think outside the box whilst supporting, guiding and mentoring our students learning to prepare them for their future. I’m still growing myself, and with that, I continue to do so throughout my entire teaching career! Bring on Term 2!