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  • Reading: I Am A Student Teacher (Part 2)

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I Am A Student Teacher (Part 2)

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The student teacher went to an elementary school to teach the students. It was her first time teaching.

The student teacher made many mistakes. She did many things wrong. Let's list her mistakes.

On the first day, Jason and Eli fought each other. The student teacher tried to stop them. Then, her expensive clothes got ripped. What were the mistakes? First, she didn't have to wear expensive clothes to school. She could wear cheap clothes. She also had to be careful when she stopped the fight. Or, she didn't even have to stop the fight; she could call the principal to come and help her.

During the second week, Emma didn't participate in class. She didn't speak during the class. The student teacher said to her, "Try to participate. It's important." What were the mistakes? First, she didn't know Emma was an immigrant. She didn't know Emma didn't speak any English. She could help Emma or give her hints, but she didn't. She could encouraged Emma or use nice words, but she didn't. Instead, she embarrassed the student.

In the last week, Kyle didn't finish his homework. The student teacher gave him a detention. Detention is a type of punishment. What were the mistakes? First, she didn't know Kyle's busy home life. She didn't know her student very well. Kyle tried to explain to her, but she didn't listen. Kyle didn't have time at home, so he couldn't do the homework. She didn't believe the student. She thought all students lie and all students don't want to do homework. Maybe, she didn't have to give detention to Kyle. Maybe, Kyle just needed 1 more day to finish his homework.

After all these mistakes, did the students hate her? You decide.

Responsibilities of an English student

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In the Classroom

Students typically have many responsibilities in the classroom. Students need to attend all classes. Also, students need to come to every class on time and not be late. Also, students have to follow the teacher's direction closely and must not disturb other students. To improve their English skills, active participation is very important. That means students have to listen carefully to others. They have to practice speaking English. Helping other students is important, too.

At Home

Homework and assignments are important. They help students review the lessons. Some students also choose to preview future lessons. This is not absolutely necessary, but it helps some students understand the lesson better. Students need to practice as much as possible at home. This includes reading and writing. Students also have to practice listening and learn new words. English TV programs or videos are very useful.

Toward Other People

Students need to respect other people. "Respect" means to be polite and not ridicule other students. For example, if a classmate makes a mistake, students must not make fun of him or her. Students must not say, "You are so stupid!" Other common courtesy includes greeting (saying hello) and keeping your desk areas clean. Also, students need to show respect to their teachers and classmates. They must not hurt another student or get into a fight.

Responsibilities of an elementary school students

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In school

Children in an elementary school have similar responsibilities. They must follow all the rules in a school. In some schools, children need to dress properly and have normal hairstyle. Girls must not make really heavy makeup. In most schools, children have to show respect to their teacher. They have to greet their teacher or classmates, and be polite in general. Students have to come to classes on time, and they also have to participate in classroom activities. They have to do their best to learn new things in school.

Outside of school

The school often assign children homework to do at home. Children must complete the homework or assignment at home. Sometimes, they also need to do projects. Sometimes, children have tests in school. Before the test, children must review at home and prepare for the test. Children also have the responsibily to do chores at home. Chores include sweeping the floor, washing the dishes, taking out the trash, and cleaning their own rooms. Children have to listen to their parents, and must not get into a big fight with their brothers or sisters.

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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.

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.

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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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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.

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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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