I am nearing the end of my time as a student teacher, and as I look back on who I was at the beginning of this semester, I do not even recognize that person. I have grown so much, and learned so much. I had many triumphs as a student teacher, and many times, I was able to teach and produce lessons that were beneficial to my students-but not always. Those times when my lessons bombed, or I was not prepared, or I simply did not organize my thoughts efficiently- those are the lessons that changed me as a teacher and a person. I learned from those times more than anything else, and as I realized my mistakes I was able to reflect and modify in order to create something better for the next go round. I just wanted to share my thoughts as a reminder that we "fail" for a reason. We are not always perfect and that is a GREAT thing, because perfection does not allow for growth. I am excited to see what growth comes from my "failures" and I know that I will never stop developing as an educator. Just imagine the possibilities we could open up for ourselves and our students if we only taught them that failure leads to learning, and modeled that we can all grow as we learn together.
I'm just an Elementary Nerd sharing my excitement for the classroom!
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