Summer Practicum – Day One – July 09th, 2007

“Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson.” ~ Vernon Law

If this is the case, I may not have passed the first days’ class exam. There I was, in front of a truly diverse group of 15 middle-schoolers, and they sat there assessing me, while I wondered if they knew I did not have any idea of what was going on. Maybe I had some idea, but I lacked all kinds of adequate preparation. Procrastination is my best friend and worst enemy; in planning for this 2-week practicum, I found that procrastination was no longer (after more than 20 years of experience with it and academics) an option.

Every day takes a lot of time.

A lot of planning.

A good teacher not only knows their content (French in my case), but they know how to theoretically teach it, and they work on actually executing it effectively.

I have a lot more to say, but no time to say it, for I am weary, and must go plan day 3.

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