When I prepare, the students respond
One of the biggest things I’ve learned in my practicum so far is that when I prepare my lessons and I come in armed with a plan, my students respond with their attention and effort. It seems so obvious, but it’s been key for me to see this because it motivates me to try harder for my students.
As a teacher, I’m managing a bunch of stuff, and quite often things don’t go as planned. I need to pinch hit. As a student teacher, I’m managing all of my coursework, group work, doing all the readings, and I’m also working part time. This means that sometimes when my SA asks me to step up in front of the class, I’m not always as fully prepared as I’d like to be.
It’s in these times when I’m pulling a lesson out of thin air, or following a poorly drafted lesson that I see the students disengage. Their eyes glaze over, their attention wanders, and encouraging participation is like pulling teeth. I get frustrated and the students dig in their heels.
However, when I prepare thoroughly and put effort into my lesson plan, the students respond. They engage, they pay attention and participation becomes willing and even sometimes eager.
This is truly amazing. It shows me the power of good teaching and makes me so grateful for the wonderful teachers I’m blessed to study with in the B.Ed at UBC.