As I reflected on the wonderings and feedback that I received, it also made me think of how I can incorporate some of the things I would like to change with my professional goal. Having one anecdotal record sheet might be the start of something that my teaching assistant and I can work on and see how she can manage this responsibility with our students. I would also like her to gain confidence with conferring with the students during writers workshop. I believe that they have attended a workshop with Kendra on how to support students and I would like her to have a chance to practice what she learned. She always tells me, to tell her what to do but I feel like if she sees the need to follow up with some kids, I want her to feel like she can. I am hoping that empowering her to work with kids in small groups will also help her gain confidence in learning more on how we can manage class behavior.
The focus of my personal goal is on classroom management and the survey results show that my classroom management is quite high. As I reflect on the survey results, it made me think of other ways I can help my teaching assistant to be successful in class. We touch base every week on how things are going for her and we talk about some classroom management strategies that she can use during transitions so that she does not have to wait until she sees me to solve behavior problems in the hallway. The lowest in my results is when something is hard I still make my students try. I am not sure my students understand what that means. I always try to challenge them and encourage them to take risks.
Overall it was interesting to watch kindergarteners do this survey, I have observed that many of them did not understand the questions even if they played it in their home language. I ended the survey thinking that I know how much I do for the kids in my class and the result of this survey may not be an actual reflection of my performance as a teacher.
My professional goal this year is classroom management. I will focus on working with my teaching assistant to have a clear and common understanding of what classroom management looks like in kindergarten. I will work on establishing protocols on how I can address issues and concerns that we will need to work on together as a team. I will also go through some of the common practices at ISB like Kelso’s choices and our rules about Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. I believe that once we have these established we can help our class be successful at school.
The beginning of the school year has been full on with my 16 kindergarteners coming in both anxious and excited to be back in school. The first three weeks has been rough with the kids trying to get used to routines and the full day schedule. I had some kids falling asleep in the afternoon and some can barely keep their eyes open. I was thinking… is it me? but having taught kindergarten for many years, I know that they are all adjusting to being back at school and not having the time to take a nap in the afternoon.
We are now slowly diving into our units and I love the enthusiasm of my students when I introduced Mabel the elephant as a our class mascot for Phonics learning. They have also been working on their stamina in both writing and reading workshop.