An Experience of Many Dimensions: A Report of Student Teaching
Harrington, Leigh Erin Elizabeth
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Student teaching was much more than teaching subject matter to students. I arrived at Lynbrook High School in a time of great activity for the school and a time of change for me. I prepared lessons, taught students and graded papers, but I also observed, interacted and learned. The school and all who made it what it is were in continual motion. The teachers of the district were in negotiations; the Scheduling Task Force was trying to plan and implement a new block schedule; students, faculty and staff were addressing "school climate" concerns such as sexual harassment; the administration and teachers were perparing the students for success on the upcoming IOWA tests; the "School within a School" committee was busy planning "Chocolate Day," 2 period block schedules, and a visit to Monterey Bay; the ISC teachers were meeting to collaborate and revise the ISC binders; the new teachers were meeting as a group with two veteran teachers to discuss the many aspects of the profession; students were training for sports, rehearsing for plays and concerts, creating wonderful pieces of artwork, and attending SAT prep classes; and all the while teachers, the very same mentioned above, were planning, collaborating, instructing, guiding, grading, encouraging, and helping and the same students were studying, answering, thinking, sighing and laughing .... and we were all learning ....... more about each other and LIFE.