3 Things I learned:
I had never thought of the little interactions with other adults that teachers have. They spend the majority of their day with youth and rarely discuss their teaching practice with other teachers. As my peers and I go through our pre-internship, we are partnered up and get together every week to discuss what went well and what didn’t. We share our cooperating teacher’s strategies with each other and, therefore, are helping each other along the way. It is nice to have a community that I can do that with. I would think that having such a supportive community as a teacher as well would be greatly beneficial.
I was not aware of the diverse ways of hiring that can exist in a single province. The responsibility has been put in the hands of the school board who get to choose the amount of participation a school will have when hiring. In some cases, principals don’t have a say at all! This shocks me. The members who know most about their school (principals and teachers) should have a say.
Another thing I learned is that while teachers have very limited influence over what they teach, they do have more autonomy than what exists in other jobs. While teachers are told what to do, they aren’t necessarily told how to do it. This allows them to choose their own teaching practice as long they follow the curriculum.
2 Connections I Made:
The first connection I made is actually with the prologue and induction. A friend of mine convocated from the Education program last year and is now teaching a grade 8 class. She has been so busy planning lessons, attending meetings and conferences, volunteering in extracurricular activities and so on that I have hardly seen her since school began. Fortunately she is with a very supportive school who are helping her along the way. She was originally first put with a grade 6/7 split class and a colleague offered to switch with her so that she would only have one grade! Wow!
Another connection I made is on page 182 where the text discusses the demand for teachers. Saskatchewan obviously has a low demand, if it can be called a demand at all. I know several people who are stuck substituting or have gone elsewhere in search of a job. Some have been successful by pushing their boundaries to other provinces, going Northern into Territories, or even going to other countries such as the U.K. I have learned, since starting my education, not to be picky when it comes to wanting a job. I have also come to know that connections help a lot. A substitute once told me that the only way a teacher can get a job with Regina Public is by knowing people. I know this to be somewhat true. A cousin of mine happens to be a principal at a Regina school and was able to get another family member a teaching position.
1 Question I Still Have:
Other than my school and fellow teachers, where else can I find support as a teacher?