STUDENT TEACHING LAKEVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL
Crawford, Amy L.
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I could not possibly describe in words the degree to which I grew both intellectually and personally during my student teaching. This growth developed from teachers, administrators, parents, and especially the students. This experience was the deciding factor in my career choice. I, now, know that the profession of teaching is the 1 1 appropriate occupation for me. Each day on the way to school, excitement filled me. A new day meant a new challenge. Of course there were days when I felt frustration and felt as if I h~d gotten nowhere with the students. However, I would always leave the, classroom with a smile on my face. Somehow, the students would put it there. The sensation I felt while coaching is also indescribable. To mold a group of girls to playas a team, to teach them the true spirit of a team, and to see the caring and concern they had for one another by the end of the season was remarkable. I left Lakeview Middle School feeling as if it was my duty to return to the teaching field. There were so many teachers who had given up on the students and did not see the true importance of their job, it was incredibly frustrating. Those teachers began their day at 8 :00 a.m. and ended it at 3 :00 p.m. with instructional materials from twenty years ago. The students are in need of someone who sincerely cares about them, continues to believe in them, carries the passion to teach, and is willing to give a part of him or herself to them. My recommendations to future teachers can be summarized in one statement - teach beca~se you possess a sincere passion for the students and the profession. If you are teaching as an alternative, to hold a certain power, or to have a convenient work schedule, you will not be happy. If you carry this "passion" inside of you, the students will feel it. Likewise, if you are falsely communicating this "passion" to your students, they will sense that as well. Minimal effort will consistently result in minimal results in your classroom. This "passion" will cause you to want to be a teacher after 3:00p.m, getting involved in extracurricular activities, simply attending 12 activities that your students are participating in, or creating a unique and captivating lesson plan. Becoming involved in your students lives not only in the classroom but in other realms as well, will indicate what areas you can relate your academic lessons to in order for maximum results. In addition, as in Alice's case, you may discover something about your student that could never have been discovered in the classroom.