Working With Different Learning Styles - Week 3

In every class, there is a large variation in learning styles but I find in an open level class, like the art class I'm placed in, has even more variation. This has been both a challenging and a good experience for me. It is challenging in the sense that it requires a lot of adaption to the way different students learn, but good in the way that it's exposed me to a broader set of skills to help people.

For example, I'm a kinesthetic type learner so I often try to teach things by having the learner try things and I use a lot of body language when teaching. But I've noticed some more auditory learners in my placement class get distracted by those things, so I've had to improve my ability to give verbal direction. Even when someone asks where something is, some students respond better to me pointing to where it is while others would rather be told the exact spot it's in. In one class the other day the students had to cut a large piece of paper into a certain size.…

Student Relationships - Week 2

When I first asked my placement teacher about becoming their teacher, they warned me about a particularly difficult student. The student was always saying disruptive things during class or would just walk out of class, and was often disrespectful to the teacher and never listened to her directions. This was a little bit intimidating at first but I was willing to take it on since I've had experience with misbehaving children with my mom's daycare.

After I actually got into the class and saw this student's behaviors firsthand, they reminded me a lot of a kid my mom used to babysit. Both the student and the child tended to be very loud and make derogative statements seemingly just to draw attention to themselves. They both also could be really pleasant to talk to at times. In my past experiences with the child my mom babysat, we got along quite well and he's become really close with my family. I've also observed how differently this kid acted with his family than with…

My Leadership Style - Week 1

As a natural introvert, I tend to stray from any leadership positions. That's part of the reason I chose to take peer teaching - to challenge myself and learn about myself as a leader. Because I am introverted and this is one of my first experiences actually in a leadership role, I definitely see myself as a quiet leader. I prefer to lead by example rather than to give instructions.

I experience anxiety in social situations quite often, but if I do have any strengths in socializing it is with kids younger than me. My mom is a home daycare provider so I grew up around children and am comfortable taking care of them. One of the challenges of peer teaching for me has been learning to apply those skills I used taking care of toddlers and adapting them to teenagers. The main difference has been learning the proper balance of independence for the kids. I'm used to having to constantly watch and instruct toddlers, but with grade 9 students like in my placement class they have a lot m…