Spectator Teacher

For two hours in the morning, I pull my four little first grade darlings into my classroom for Language Arts. For two hours in the afternoon, I do the same with my five adorable kindergartners.

But for that extra hour? I alternate weeks (between K and 1st)  helping my students in their general ed classrooms. Every. single. minute. is. torture.

It boils down to this: it's not fun watching someone else teach. Even if the teacher is FANTASTIC! The problem is, I'm typically in there for a social studies or science mini lesson - when the teacher is talking or showing something and the kids aren't exactly doing anything.

Which means my job is to sit there and be bored, or (more commonly) be on the "Sit up and pay attention" patrol. Annoying!

I wish I could keep my students with me all day, but I know that it's much better for them to be with their regular ed peers whenever possible.

Sigh. It's hard to do the right thing.

7 comments:

Sneaker Teacher said...

I did that a lot in my SPED position in Germany. I was working with kids in grades 3-9, so most of it wasn't even fun elementary stuff, but I did find that I learned a lot from the teachers I got to interact with. I hear you on how tough it is to sit back while someone else does the teaching.

Jenny said...

I have to wonder if the students find it as boring as you do? I find it really helpful to have to take their perspective every once in a while (but not every day for an hour!).

Clix said...

Yuck! Can't you even take a book? :(

Missy said...

You are so right. It IS hard to do the right thing! Good for you.

Carly said...

I know what you mean. I always hated "observations" in college. As a teacher it always feels awkward when another teacher is in my room. I don't know what to have them do. Sorry you have to use your time in that way.

Sarah Garb said...

Ahh....yikes! I can feel that as it happens...myself going too long with the writing mini-lesson, sure that the OT is thinking, "When will she stop talking?" Now I know it's just as painful as I assumed it was....

Jill said...

I felt the same way as an aide.... yikes. I feel like I need to be more mindful of getting kids involved instead of talking at them, so thanks for the reminder. :)

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