While doing my student teaching this semester I've come to realize a great many things that I thought I'd share with you.
1st of all, the change from student to teacher has it's pros and cons.
Being in charge
No Homework...nuff said(but I do have some homework but that's because I am a STUDENT teacher, so I still have some student responsibilities.)
Smiles from students
that look in a child's eyes when they finally "get it"
from the mouths of babes-funny stuff kids say
all those days that students got the day off for?-Parent/Teacher COnferences, School Improvement day?-Teachers don't get off-we have to be there
Early Release?-I think not-Teachers let's have a super long meeting!
On with the list of realizations....
Kindergarten teachers don't get half the respect they deserve-whatever you think-we do NOT play all day. Not only do we teach these kids the basics of school(Math, Reading, Writing etc) we have to teach them how to act in school ie get in line, raise your hand, go to the bathroom when it's time etc. That is extremely hard,but we do it.
Things that would be highly innapropriate for an adult to say, are hilariously funny when a child says them.
Kids say what they think and feel. If you look bad, they tell you. If your breath stinks they tell you-or if you are breathing like Darth Vader, that's right you guessed it, they tell you.
If you want to feel loved, teach a class. Students(especially kindergartners) are very honest about their feelings and they will tell you if they like you.
Holding hands with a child is one of the best feelings in the world. When their little hand fits into yours, you know that they trust you and that it is your job to educate them and you can't fail them.
You can't "wing it" in the classroom. If you don't have a plan, you have a plan for failure.
If you make a mistake, students will forgive you.
When you go out shopping, you will start finding things that would go good in a classroom, would be good for your students etc-you stop shopping for yourself.
You start spending money on your students/classroom rather than yourself
Your friends/family start getting tired of hearing all your stories about your students.
That's all I have for right now, but I'm not done teaching so I'm sure I'll realize even more. Thanks for listening to all my rambling. lol