Tagline: “SOARing to New Heights” (Show Up, Own It, Achieve It, Reach It)
The highlight of my practicum experience has been getting to know the students and building relationships with them. Throughout my practicum, I talk with students in group settings as well as one-on-one settings. I see students not only in the guidance office but also on the playground and in the afterschool program. By getting to know them on a personal level and not just as a teacher or supervisor, I am able to bond with the students. The students are able to confide in me and discuss matters that are deeper than average day-to-day conflict. I love getting to know the students more each day and seeing their personal growth.
What has surprised me most about the practicum is how much I realized I do not enjoy teaching. A few days a week I teach the fourth grade guidance class. I thought I would enjoy teaching, however, it causes more stress for me than I thought it would. While I do enjoy the lessons and seeing the students learn, I have realized that I do not enjoy being the one in charge of the class.