Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jul 09 2010

2 weeks down as a Pre-Kindergarten Cop!

I am nearing the end of week 2 of institute in LA and I have officially stepped into my class room with 2 other exceptional individuals who share the responsibility of teaching 12 students for the summer.  Together we form a 3 person collaborative that teaches a 3 hour afternoon block.  This week I have taught the middle block and have been responsible for math, science, and outdoor time. Which to pre-k students means sorting shapes, playing red light, green light and calendar lessons. I know, funny right?

While I can’t possibly give you all of the details in this short post I can give you some highlights:

1. “Mr. Myles, can I tell you a secret? I’m going to be a superhero!”

2. “Ok class, next I’m going to need you in the smart car position sitting quietly with your eyes on me.  When I tell you to, you will stand up in place, then walk quietly to the door facing Ms. Margaret until I tell you to go outside. Can I have a volunteer to show the class what I want you all to do?”

3. “You need to sit down, Right-Now!” (Child cries and I feel so bad)

4. 1:30am- “Done! Now to print this off. All I got to do now is wake up in 4 hours”

5. “How do you explain to a 4 year old how you hear sound???”

6. Friend teaching high school-”So, what are you even teaching in Pre-K?”. Me- “Well today I taught them how to put shapes in a bowl based on their color and then based on their shape. And we played duck, duck, goose. Yea, pretty tough stuff”

7. BBM conference with other corp members- “So, I got to my classroom to check it out for Tuesday and there is a key stuck in the door. Security says it won’t be a locksmith here until Tuesday between 8am-5pm; so, we might have to teach outside on the first day. TFA= flexibility???”


Overall, I have had a great time and learned a lot of great techniques.  The best way to decribe the daytime is “Teaching 101/ On-the-job training” which means from 8-11am I learn how to teach then I teach from 12-3pm. Then I have another 90 minute session at 4:15. Lastly, I go home and do around 4-6 hours of lesson planning a night. The dorms look like my college undergrad library during finals time with dozens of people in each corner in huddles rigerously planning except here finals week is everyday. Weekends are fast but fun times where we are all reliving our college lifestyles trying to take our minds off of the stress of the week passed and the week approaching.

Next week look for another post. The next one will likely be on a classroom story (hopefully a victory of academic progress). Until then, be blessed!

2 Responses

  1. Erica

    The Kid who wants to be a superhero just melted my heart. I hope you told him/her that it’s totally possible if they work hard! lol. Glad to hear things are going well…and although it may seem like very simple stuff at this point…just remember you are the first step to making sure that these children are successful. Proud of ya.

  2. April Miller

    You sound like you are doing a wonderful job. It was funny, shocking, and I will admit that it made me feel uncomfortable just reading through the quotes and bullet points you posted from your weekly wrap up. To think about someone that you grew up with teaching children the same age at which you met them, somehow reminds one of their own mortality! HA.

    On a lighter note, I am very proud of you, and all of your hard work is going to pay off. I don’t think these children could have a better teacher, leader, or guider to prepare them for their educational journey. You are intelligent with a wonderful imagination (which i’m sure the little ones will appreciate) and funny. The only advice I can offer to you is to be please be patient with them!

    I am looking forward to your future entries and I wish you the best of luck! Make Mrs. Mitchell proud! HAHA.

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