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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
May 24, 2016
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A Year in the Life: TEC Blog

September 2009: The student-teacher continuum

Every Tuesday and Wednesday we are in a "placement school" where we get to observe a real teacher in practice! This time is nice because I get to develop a great rapport with the students and my associate before I began my first practicum. I'm at my school from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 pm on Tuesdays, and then 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

I get to my school at 8:00 a.m., which is actually the time I used to start work at. My principal strikes me as the kind of person who would really try to help me out after graduation, and my associate teacher is exemplary! He’s a great mentor, organized, helpful and nice.

EU 404, our professional learning seminar, takes place on Tuesdays from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., with each class being hosted in a different school. We spend this time talking about practical issues we are facing in our schools. One issue you may experience, like me, is that there is simply not enough time in the day...if only there were 30 hours in a day instead of 24! You’ll quickly learn that each day is filled with lesson plans. I have had trouble finding a break in the lessons to work on-on-one with students who require extra help, but I am learning each day how to balance my time.

In between lessons, the day is broken up by two 40-minute nutrition breaks and one or two 30-minute "planning times". I had originally planned to do yard duty and intramurals during this time, but some things just need to get done, like reading chapters and writing journal entries…

Moral of the story: Time is of the essence – never waste a second.

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