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  • Reading: I Am A Student Teacher (Part 1)

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    • High Beginner
    • Modal verb
    • Auxiliary verb
    • School
    • Teacher
    • Student

    Modal verb Auxiliary verb School Teacher Student

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    Read the story about a student teacher. Learn words related to school. The focus is on modal verbs. Then, do questions to deepen your understanding.

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I Am A Student Teacher (Part 1)

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A student teacher goes to an elementary school. She will teach a classroom full of kids for the first time. She wanted an easy experience, but will she get it?

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On the last day of my [vocab word=practicum]practicum[/vocab], I could think of only one thing. “Oh, my God, why did I want to be a teacher?”

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Last month, my university [vocab word=assign]assigned[/vocab] me to an elementary school. I studied [vocab word=education]education[/vocab] in my university. To become a teacher, all students must finish a practicum at a school. Basically, I had to go to a school and teach a Grade 5 class for 4 weeks. The elementary school was in an [vocab word=affluent]affluent[/vocab] neighborhood. So, I thought kids would be nice and quiet. Kids would listen to the teacher well.

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I hoped for quiet students and an easy [vocab word=experience]experience[/vocab]. Well, that hope was wrong. Totally wrong.

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On the very first day, Jason and Eli got into a fight. Kids worked in groups that class. They worked on [vocab word=geometry]geometry[/vocab] questions. Jason was a nice boy, but he was not very good at math. He asked me questions many times. Eli wanted to ask a question about triangles, but he couldn't. So, he got angry and called Jason “stupid”. I tried to stop the boys, and in the end, my expensive shirt got [vocab word=rip]ripped[/vocab]. So, I learned to wear cheap clothes to classes.

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Emma was a little Vietnamese girl. She was a smart but shy girl. During the second week, I taught Canadian history. We discussed about people’s lives during the 19th [vocab word=century]century[/vocab]. I wanted all students to speak. Jason talked about the [vocab word=trader]traders[/vocab]. Cathy talked about the farmers. Emma never raised her hand. I pointed to her and asked her questions. She looked at me but didn’t say anything. After a few tries, I said to her, “Try to [vocab word=participate]participate[/vocab] in class. It’s important.” After the class, I learned that Emma was an [vocab word=immigrant]immigrant[/vocab], and she didn’t know any English. Maybe, I embarrassed her. Maybe, Emma just needed some help.

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In the last week, I had to give [vocab word=detention]detention[/vocab] to Kyle. He didn’t bring his homework that day. Kyle had to stay for 30 minutes after school. He needed to finish his homework in the classroom. I knew homework was important for him. He didn’t do well in tests, so he must do practices, I thought. Kyle said, "I wanted to do the homework but I couldn’t!" All kids say that, right? I didn’t believe him. He wanted to explain, but I didn't listen. I gave him a detention anyways. Later, my [vocab word=supervisor]supervisor[/vocab] told me Kyle had only 1 parent. His father worked a lot at home, and he often had to help his little sisters.

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So many mistakes in just 4 weeks. Kids must hate me by now.

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On the last day, I walked into the classroom, taught a math class, and prepared to leave. Emma, the shy girl, came to me and handed me a big, colorful cardboard in the shape of a heart. Emma said, “This is for you.” On it, there were everyone’s name and picture. Jason’ name and his little picture of traders were there. Eli’s name and his little picture of triangles were there. Emma’s name and her little picture of Canada was there. And, Kyle’s name and his little picture of me were there.

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“It was their idea. They wanted to give it to you. The kids really liked you.” My supervisor told me later.

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I cried. It wasn’t an easy experience. But, it was the best experience in my life.

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Paragraph 1 Listen

On the last day of my [vocab word=practicum]practicum[/vocab], I could think of only one thing. “Oh, my God, why did I want to be a teacher?”

Paragraph 2 Listen

Last month, my university [vocab word=assign]assigned[/vocab] me to an elementary school. I studied [vocab word=education]education[/vocab] in my university. To become a teacher, all students must finish a practicum at a school. Basically, I had to go to a school and teach a Grade 5 class for 4 weeks. The elementary school was in an [vocab word=affluent]affluent[/vocab] neighborhood. So, I thought kids would be nice and quiet. Kids would listen to the teacher well.

Paragraph 3 Listen

I hoped for quiet students and an easy [vocab word=experience]experience[/vocab]. Well, that hope was wrong. Totally wrong.

Paragraph 4 Listen

On the very first day, Jason and Eli got into a fight. Kids worked in groups that class. They worked on [vocab word=geometry]geometry[/vocab] questions. Jason was a nice boy, but he was not very good at math. He asked me questions many times. Eli wanted to ask a question about triangles, but he couldn't. So, he got angry and called Jason “stupid”. I tried to stop the boys, and in the end, my expensive shirt got [vocab word=rip]ripped[/vocab]. So, I learned to wear cheap clothes to classes.

Paragraph 5 Listen

Emma was a little Vietnamese girl. She was a smart but shy girl. During the second week, I taught Canadian history. We discussed about people’s lives during the 19th [vocab word=century]century[/vocab]. I wanted all students to speak. Jason talked about the [vocab word=trader]traders[/vocab]. Cathy talked about the farmers. Emma never raised her hand. I pointed to her and asked her questions. She looked at me but didn’t say anything. After a few tries, I said to her, “Try to [vocab word=participate]participate[/vocab] in class. It’s important.” After the class, I learned that Emma was an [vocab word=immigrant]immigrant[/vocab], and she didn’t know any English. Maybe, I embarrassed her. Maybe, Emma just needed some help.

Paragraph 6 Listen

In the last week, I had to give [vocab word=detention]detention[/vocab] to Kyle. He didn’t bring his homework that day. Kyle had to stay for 30 minutes after school. He needed to finish his homework in the classroom. I knew homework was important for him. He didn’t do well in tests, so he must do practices, I thought. Kyle said, "I wanted to do the homework but I couldn’t!" All kids say that, right? I didn’t believe him. He wanted to explain, but I didn't listen. I gave him a detention anyways. Later, my [vocab word=supervisor]supervisor[/vocab] told me Kyle had only 1 parent. His father worked a lot at home, and he often had to help his little sisters.

Paragraph 7 Listen

So many mistakes in just 4 weeks. Kids must hate me by now.

Paragraph 8 Listen

On the last day, I walked into the classroom, taught a math class, and prepared to leave. Emma, the shy girl, came to me and handed me a big, colorful cardboard in the shape of a heart. Emma said, “This is for you.” On it, there were everyone’s name and picture. Jason’ name and his little picture of traders were there. Eli’s name and his little picture of triangles were there. Emma’s name and her little picture of Canada was there. And, Kyle’s name and his little picture of me were there.

Paragraph 9 Listen

“It was their idea. They wanted to give it to you. The kids really liked you.” My supervisor told me later.

Paragraph 10 Listen

I cried. It wasn’t an easy experience. But, it was the best experience in my life.

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