I felt that being a lead teacher the summer before student teacher was such an incredible experience. As a lead teacher, I had to run my own classroom, make lesson plans, and also create interactive activities that allowed the students to grow and colaborate with each other. A typical day would be a routined schedule. We would start off by making a warm-up for the 28 students I had. I had to keep everything very broad becuase I had so many students at different age and education levels. We would then have play time, come back to the circle, do some lesson activities, play outside and then go to lunch. After lunch, we would have reading time and I would set out cots for the students to nap. Then they would wake up and go to interactive stations that triggered different skills mentally and physically. By the time we came back in from outside, it was time to leave. I learned a lot about creating different lesson plans within the same lesson plan for different students since there was such a range of students at different levels. I learned a lot about time management and lesson planning. The work place was very supportive and helpful. They were always there to give me any materials that I needed. The hardest part was having students range from 9-16 becuase there is such a large gap between each of them. For those who were in the same age group, most of those ranged from low to advanced. The best part was working in an area that was less fortunate. I really felt that I had to make the environment safe, fun, interactive, and educational. It was a challenge, but one I really enjoyed.
Age and range of education