HS is not for me

Reflection of my high school aiding (observation) experience thus far (about 12 hours out of 60 hours completed)….

I would not want to commute 45 minutes to a job. Ideally, maybe 10 minutes at the most. I was informed that one teacher at this HS drives 2.5 hours everyday to work! Unbelievable!

Despite the fact that I was introduced to the high schoolers as “a college student observing the class,” they still ask my age and question me because I do not look old enough.

No, I’m not a new student.
No, I’m not your sub.
Yes, I am really in college just like she told you. She’s not lying.
Which means yes, I am older than you.
21 years old to be exact.
No, I’m not your teacher’s daughter, niece, or any other relation.

I want to tell them… just because I look young does not mean you can treat me like that. If I was your new teacher for the year, would you first sit there and question my age, ability, and certification/degree because I look young and am small? I find this disrespectful and annoying.

High school students are so immature. They think they are funny when they’re really not, which makes me embarrassed for them. It seems like the 3rd graders are more mature, but as my CT (cooperating teacher) said, “They are probably both equally immature, but you expect the high schoolers to be more mature and since they’re not, it changes your perception.” Very true.

I would not enjoy teaching high school. I don’t like that age group, maybe because right now I am not too far away from their age and I feel like I was just sitting in those desks all day long. Or maybe because I feel that you have to possess a certain personality and qualities to deal with high schoolers, and I just don’t feel like I have it in me. Somebody has to do it, but I don’t think I’m on that list. I highly respect those who can deal with them. Throw me in with the little kids instead!

Teaching the same lesson multiple times a day would be monotonous to me. The positive side seems to be that equals less planning, but I don’t want to make assumptions.

Let’s face it… most (not all) high school kids would rather socialize and goof off at school than learn and do work. Their attitude is… the less work, the better! And then some go to college and little did they know, it all changes. It’s very strange to me. High school, to me, is just a strange part of life. I don’t think I’ll ever understand it.

Did I have that much energy in HS? I just realized that 3 years ago, I used to wake up really early, go to HS all day, and come home and do other things. Plus, do Color Guard things. And now, 3 years later, I don’t have enough energy to just sit and watch the high schoolers do this! I can’t be aging that quickly. What’s the deal?

This HS is triple the size of the one I attended. I thought it was odd that between class periods they go crazy over the intercom with announcements… calling kids to the main office, guidance counselor, announcing cancellations, whereas I went to a small HS where they had office aids (students) bring notes to classrooms. It seems like a way different environment in a huge school.

I forgot how short of a time 20 minutes is to eat lunch, especially as much as I bring for lunch! We had 50 minute lunches my last two years of HS.

I am so glad that my HS years are behind me. If you ever miss them, I would recommend observing a HS classroom and you’ll probably change your mind. But then again, maybe I’m weird.

I am supposed to be aiding in this class, but there’s seriously not much I can do. There’s so much more opportunity for participation in an elementary classroom.

That’s enough rambling for now. Time for bed so I can leave at 7:35 AM and make it to this HS on time: 8:30 AM.

Update, anyone?

Please forgive my lack of blogging. Waking up early everyday is a rough life! 8 hours of sleep just doesn’t cut it for me, which makes my bed time somewhere around… 9 pm. Which also means when (if?) I am a teacher, I’ll crash at 8-9 pm every night and not have a life. Isn’t that cool? (sarcasm) Seems like a slight problem to me.

I’ve been observing in a 3rd grade elementary class all week! Because my class schedule allows, I’m there all day long so I have the benefit of observing their entire daily routine. The cooperating teacher (CT) is a very sweet lady and awesome teacher and the kids are sweet, so it’s a great experience so far. I know one of the students in the class (I used to babysit her and she went to the daycare) plus I’ve seen a few other kids I know around the school. It’s nice to get experience in a school that I haven’t attended. I think I’ll apply to sub there because I feel comfortable knowing the school now. (Interesting fact: Every faculty member is female.)

Thankfully, I don’t have to just sit there and watch. I’ve been helping grade papers, read with kids, and do other random tasks to help the CT out. Throughout the day she gives me tips/advice– she’s a great source of information. If I was in a high school classroom, I’d be bored out of my mind!!! There’s barely enough time in the day for the elementary schedule so it sure goes by fast!

On the first day, she set out worksheet books just for me to see. I randomly opened up to a page in the math word problem book where there were two problems on the page. I noticed the first one used my name for the problem, which I don’t see very often. Then I glanced at the other problem and guess what name it used? Ryan! :) I thought it was funny. Then it reminded me of how much I miss him.

Last night I didn’t get home until about 7:30 pm because of classes! Phew, I was tired. I had my first quiz of this semester in West Civ (a geography quiz).. which we get to re-take if we want! I think I did fine though.
Art Appreciation experience of this week: Well, first off I don’t know if class is cancelled next week because he wasn’t clear. Great. Randomly during the lecture he pulled out a PEZ dispenser from his pocket, a Winnie the Pooh one to be exact, and set it on someone’s desk. They sat there for a second and he said, “Want a PEZ?” The student took one and then he went on with his lecture… which was about the Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. He reminded us many times we are all going to die, but do we want to leave a mark on the world or remain anonymous? He also somehow got on the topic of how S&T students don’t sit on the grass when it’s nice outside and they all leave campus on Friday night… I laughed on the inside because it’s so true. AU was the opposite of this.

FYI: Just got an email about the first confirmed case of H1N1 virus at S&T. Is anyone concerned about this pandemic? Just wondering.

Alright, I’m off to relax after a busy week…

Distance makes for lonely weekends.