If I could wrap this experience up in one word, it would be growth. Every piece of feedback, every mistake, teaching moment, and hard day has pushed me exponentially into the educator I am today.
During Week 4 of each placement, my Mentor Teacher, University Coach and I would fill out each section of the Disposition Form with the reasons of evidence. Both placements showed that I took long to feel comfortable and confident in order to become my real teacher self. Self Advocacy was the largest part of that component and I am happy to say that I have become stronger which will help me in my future position. Something I am continuing to work on is my integration of different cultures, values, and identities to help create a safe and culturally relevant atmosphere. Although there were many parts I will continue to further my growth in, there were parts of my efforts that were highlighted. My classroom management was the strongest due to my focus, organization, instruction, and strategies. As I walked away from Week 4 meetings, I felt motivated and ready to apply the feedback I received.
During Week 8 or Final Meetings, I felt accomplished and satisfied with my hard work. I reflected on the work that needed to be done and how I can help myself improve for the sake of my students. I visibly grew in the aspect of self advocacy through asking questions and advice, addressing what I need, and talking to other teachers. I grew into the teacher instead of a helper. Student teaching gave me the experience that is crucial before having my own classroom and has equipped me to take on challenges of my own in the way I know best.