Having never been in a classroom as a teacher, I am pretty nervous about going into York tomorrow. I feel prepared, and I’m happy that we will be working in small groups as opposed to one 488 student in front of the entire class. I have been tutoring since the summer, and while the groups are three or four students instead of one, I see it more like working with my student as opposed to working with an entire class, which is much more comforting. I’m expecting that the students will be able to do the assignment, and I really hope that what I plan to say will make sense to them. I think that’s probably my biggest concern, but I think that the materials we have prepared both individually and as a class are pretty clear.
I’m expecting the period to go by very quickly, just because I have gotten so used to the amount of time we spend in our college classes, and this is almost half the time. I hope that we will be able to finish the lesson we have planned, so we will be able to give the students constructive criticism when we return on Thursday. I am thinking that when they write their outline, it might make it easier for them to write a paragraph or introduction, and hopefully the will have at least one finished by the time we have to leave.
Whether or not we get everything done tomorrow, I think the experience is a good introduction to working in a classroom. I think that just having the experience is worthwhile, because we are actually preparing a lesson and applying it, instead of just observing.