I walked into school today with a happy smile on my face because it was fifteen minutes later than my usual arrival time.
“Excuse me,” said a secretary. “You know today’s a P.A. Day, right?”
“Yes,” I said sadly. “I’m a student teacher.”
“Oh! Sorry!” she said. Then she went back into the office, and I walked away with my head hung low.
I had a wonderful professional development experience today, not so much for the professional development things but mostly because it was fun. The teachers were whisked away to a local camp to complete various teambuilding exercises in order to help the school develop a sense of community and to foster relationships.
Those words may sound fluffly and silly, but I think they’re actually really important.
When I become a teacher, I’ll be with the same kids for the majority of the day, for the majority of the year. For the sake of everyone’s sanity and health, it just makes sense to have a GOOD relationship between teachers and students.
I don’t have an exact, detailed plan of how I will do this, but I’ll start by taking interest in my students’ interests. The other day, a student told me he was going to visit a university over the weekend. Tomorrow, I shall ask him what he thought of it and what he hopes to study, so that he knows that I care!
Today was the start of building relationships among the staff at my school (seriously, the teamwork was so intense that personal boundaries were broken). The goal is for these staff-staff relationships to help foster teacher-student-admin-support staff-caretaker relationships! I’m glad that the administration allowed student teachers to take part (I guess it is part of that making friends with everyone piece). I learned a lot, got to know some teachers outside of my department, and I am one step closer to calling teachers by their first names instead of their last. (!)