Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Reflections from last week

I really enjoyed hearing everyone's presentations on Thursday. It was a very eye opening experience in my opinion. Most people, myself included were hesitant about the home visit portion of this class. Although I still have some hesitation about this, I think there was a lot to learn from the experience! Every family has a different story and you quickly learn that there are actually no "average" families. Even the ones that seem to be may turn out to surprise you. The way children act and learn in the classroom stems from their home life, and there are certainly no two alike! I think I will keep these presentations in mind as I go forward in my teaching career-remembering to be patient with students and their families, to be understanding of different circumstances, and that we are all working towards a common goal. My main hesitation in this practice was that I thought the parents would be offended and bothered. In actuality, I think most of the parents appreciated having their voices heard and seeing another side of their student's teachers!