Sunday, April 29, 2012

Classroom Management

     As I was at the conference, I was talkig with some of the teachers about classroom management. Some of the storis they told were very amusing and I'm glad they were able to laugh about it. However, it makes me so nervus to begin field. As of right now I don't feel ready to teach! I'm hoping being in block next semester will really help. Older kids can sometime have attitudes, and they can definitely bring them out during class time. Now, I 've had to manage rooms full of people before and it has its challenges, but I think a classroom is going to be different. It has the same people everyday and they are going toget tired of being there, get distracted, and other things. This is one of my biggest fears about teaching. What if my classroom isn't controlled?!  So I started looking online for advice. There are so many articles online and blogs that teachers keep on this kind of informaton. It made me feel a little better. But i think the best resource we have is our professors. I spent some time discussing this with one of my professors and I already feel better about this. I'm still nervous for field, and even more nervous to student teach. But I have a semester to prepare! So good luck to all those others out there who are getting ready for field or stuent teaching as well!


     This weekend I went to the WPCTE. It ws my first conference and difinitely won't be my last! Suzanne and I presented on Mutimodal learning and ways to teach it. Multmodal is a way to incorperate other modes into learning. A lot of what we did in Writing for Nonprint was multimodal, such as the podcast, or the 20 shot film. In YAL, the vessel project for A Single Shard  and the charcter symbols for Witness was also a form of multimodal project. It's important to do project thats includ these becuase students remember things better when they are actively involved with the subject.
     So, back to the conference. It was great getting to see allthe other presentations and talking with other teachers. I got somegreat ideas for when I get my own class and it opened my eyes to some rising issues I didn't really see before. It was nice being around teachers and future teachers. It was great to ger out there and be involved in the world of teaching. I definitely want to go to more conferences.
     It was also really refeshing to be around everyone. My roommates are elementary education majors and they always tell me how bad high schoolers are going to be and how thy don't understand why I want to teach it. It was so nice hearing other people who are passionate about the same thing as me, and letting me know how great it is going to turn out. It made me a lot more excited to get into my career, even just going to field.