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pre-student teaching memories

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EVasso
Thu, 27 Mar 1997 23:46:23 -0500 (EST)

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Paula,

Recently there have been several letters on the listserv from students going
thru their pre-student teaching experience observing critically other
teacher's classrooms. These posts made me go back and remember my own
experiences when I was doing my pre-student teaching observations and student
teaching. I was fortunate to have a wise professor who suggested a framework
for the experience. She reminded me that while I might approve or disapprove
of the things I saw, MY job was to reflect on what I would do were this my
classroom. As an observer, I could interact with teachers and students. I
could ask questions and give answers. But in the end, it was not my classroom
and these were not my students and I was not the teacher. I was reminded that
these students, the school, and its culture existed before I came and would
remain after my short visit. The task, an action research project of a sort,
became what would I change about me, what had I learned and what would I do
were this my room and these were my students? I kept these reflections in a
journal, a journal I still have and pull out every now and then. And I still
keep a journal in which I ask the same questions about my work, about my
interaction with students, about how I would do things differently next time,
about what I would change about me.

-Fred


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