Epiphany Of Learning

Shqipe Alili

Working at Bloomington Junior High School was a great experience that I am very thankful for. Out of all my previous clinicals, this was the most eye opening one. It was the first time I was able to really get to know the students in. Being there twice a week and working with the same students and being in the same class allowed me to get to know the class. An epiphany I had was realizing how bold the students were. By this mean, they were not afraid of what to say. I have heard many people say that middle school students are the hardest to deal with, but I never thought about it that way. I guess I can see where they are coming from, but I like the challenge and the fact that the students will keep you on your toes. There were a few times when the students spoke up to try and correct the teacher. Also, many of the students had no problem expressing their feelings about what they were doing in class. It was quite obvious if they liked something, didn't like something, understood it, or didn't understand. All of these actions made me realize that middle school students are all at different maturity stages. It was so interesting to look around the room to watch so much going on. There were students that were on task or off task. From my past experience I have noticed that in elementary school, high school, and college most students are usually on task. Middle school students seem eager to learn, but it will be my job to keep them interested in the class. After the success I had with working with the two students in class, I feel confident that I will be able to hold a class of my own in the future. I cannot wait!

Working with the different forms of technology in this class was scary to be when I thought about in the beginning of the semester. It was stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new technology tools. I am glad I did because now I will continue to use these new skills in the future. I can honestly it was a semester filled with a lot of new knowledge and I am thankful for that.

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