Darrian Barlow our journey through the first five weeks of student teaching has encompassed many insightful, positive,



our journey through the first five weeks of
student teaching has encompassed many insightful, positive, and, at times,
challenging experiences. Share how your most rewarding experiences made you a
more effective teacher. In addition, share your most challenging experiences,
including how you resolved them, and how they supported your growth as an
effective teacher.

The first five weeks has had some good and some bads. There the goods it is just
helping me to see what is going good. It also is showing me what I can continue
doing and expand on to continue helping the students to become strong in an
area that they are weak in. The thing that I see as a rewarding experience is
each day I have a two girls that
comes to my mentor and me for RTI. During that time I either read them a
story and have them to draw the part of the book they enjoyed or we play a math
game. The reason I say that is rewarding is each day they come in excited and
ready to learn due to them knowing that they are going to have fun. Even though
RTI is meant to help them come strong but it is also meant to be fun. So, when they come in excited
and ready it just makes me realize why I am trying to become a special
education teacher. That is so I can see students excited about learning.

The most challenging experience that I have faced is my mentor
teacher and one of the paraprofessional came down with COVID a day apart. Therefore, it just
left the other aide and me to cover all of the kids that gets services in which ranges from K-8th. That was a challenge on how
to figure out how we was going to do that. I solved the issue by sitting down
and looking at all three schedules and rearranging the schedules. By luck the
week that they came down with it we as not having RTI and that is most of the
day for my mentor teacher and me. So, I done the assistants schedule. Then the
following week was the challenge we was back to doing RTI. So, the way I solved
that issue is putting the assistant in one room for like 20 minutes then
another for 25 minutes. I done the same thing while still covering RTI. Was it
easy no but we got through cause we only had to do that schedule for 3 days
because the school district closed 2 days due to so many out for COVID or
because they were quarantined and not enough subs. That situation just made
me stronger and made me realize that I can do it if I just believe.


John Terrell II

This is a great topic! Within this short period of time of five
weeks there have been a number of different experiences connected to challenges
and rewards that I can share. The first I will share is a challenge that is
directly linked to a reward. Working with students who have mild to moderate
disabilities is in itself challenging work which can be coupled with different
barriers. What I recognized when beginning my student teaching experience was
that one of the biggest barriers that is coupled with disabilities is behavior.
My cooperating teacher is charged with serving 7 students who all have a range
of disabilities which mainly are mild. There are few students who have moderate
disabilities that include behavior issues and this is where the challenge has
been for myself. What I have recognized is that all the students are capable of
learning yet the students with the behavior issues happen to get in their own
way at times and look for opportunities to avoid work often and at times become
disruptive with the hope to avoid doing the work. The behavior issues are
natural with their disabilities but can be magnified and affect others when
they intentionally make outburst. What has been most challenging for me is when
the students intentionally avoid their work or intentionally become disruptive.
What I have learned are skills that help manage these behaviors and what
effective teaching strategies look like in the midst of these behaviors. I have
also learned that “PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE” that must be complemented with
faithfulness, kindness, dedication, compassion and respect for others. When
educators have high expectations when dealing with capable students that may be
defiant or lacking effort it can be very frustrating. Students at times have
developed a learned helplessness that places a spirit of discouragement with
them that can cause them to be rebellious and disrespectful at times. Teacher
interactions with students within instructional practices appear to translate
into corresponding gains in academic progress (Li and Rubie-Davies 2015). Many
studies have found that positive relations between student perceptions of their
teacher expectations and achievement were connected as well. This is why during
these challenging times, we as educators must have compassion, respect and
dedication to GOD and faith that comes with knowing that GOD is controlled and
that when we make it through the fire there is a reward.The way I have worked
to resolve these issues is by developing relationships, getting organized and
giving students space and time to be themselves.The reward I have received is
the growth in all the students being served and the relationships that have
been formed with all my students. It has helped me recognize that things will
continue to get easier although there will still be challenges and that not to
take the behaviors personally because these are great students whose behavior
may affect me but is not intentionally directed at me. It is important for me
to remember that as I continue to collaborate with the students to achieve
their goals.

C. M. (2015). Becoming a high expectation teacher: Raising the bar. London:


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to learn. They are a bit chatty but can be brought back easily most of the
time. Seeing students finally understand the concept you are teaching them,
especially when we have been working at it for a while. One student moved into
the district this year and his old school had done an MDT but not finalized his
IEP, so he was not receiving the services he needed last year. He was really
struggling in math, and we introduced touchpoint math and he picked it up
quickly. He was so excited to be able to do the math problems easier. He enjoys
math now and loves when he gets to do his touchpoint math lessons. There are
two fourth-grade girls that have been challenging. They like to be in charge
and not listen to the teacher if it is something they do not what to do. One is
on a point system to earn breaks. She came from another school and mom says
they used to let her not do it and refuse all day. That was a struggle to
relearn how to act in school. She is making huge strides and does not shut down
as much as she used to. She will be ok if she doesn’t get all her points in a
category. Before she would throw a fit and refuse to do anything. The other
girl has a rough background. She has trouble understanding social cues and is
not as mature as her peers. She is a challenge for me. She only wants to listen
to and work for my cooperating teacher. When I ask, she argues, gets upset, and
tells me she will tell her dad about me. I remind her that dad wants her to
work at school and adults are in charge at school. She is helping me to find
alternative ways to get her involved in class and to have good work habits. My
rewarding experiences let me know I am on the right track. I can see how I am
helping my students as well as learning new strategies to use. My challenges
are making me a more patient, understanding, and knowledgeable teacher. I have
learned more about different disorders than I did when I started. I am learning
this new hybrid teaching of in-person students and one on zoom as she can not
come to school due to her medical condition. The technology part of it is not a
problem but trying to use my classroom management and still teach all of them
is difficult. The student on zoom does well but the in-person students get very
distracted by it and want to look at the screen instead of me. It is a
balancing act for sure. I am glad I get the opportunity to do this in student
teaching so I have experience with it for later in my career.