The theme of my first lead teaching was “BUGS.” The curriculum I planned and implemented were based on the theme, children’s interest, and the level of their progress on certain domains of development.
REFLECTION on my first lead teaching (Journal 8)
What were your biggest personal challenges while playing the role of lead teacher?
As a shy and soft-spoken person, I would say that my first lead teaching went well. Leading the children, the staff, and the classroom was so different from just sitting down, listening, and observing during circle and project times. I had so much fun doing my first lead teaching week, but at the same time, I had also experienced personal challenges playing the role of a lead teacher.
One of the challenges I experienced was controlling the excitement of the children during circle times. They were very engaging and excited during our circle times and I was happy about it. But because of their excitement, they kind of forgot about our circle rules such as body control, not interrupting, sitting on their bottom, and raising their hand if they have questions or have something to share. As the lead teacher of that week, it was totally my fault that the excitement kind of gotten out of control. Which is why, in my next lead teaching week, I will use more strategies that would improve our circle times such as using more voice projection when talking or having discussions, so I can send them the message that “it is okay to get excited, but let’s not forget about our circle rules.” The tone of my voice when we were going over the circle rules was not very firm and they were not getting my message effectively that I want them to not forget to follow our circle rules.
Another challenge I experienced was keeping them engage after a project. The major projects I had plan did not take the whole project time, so when the children were done with the projects, they were either running around the classroom or not doing anything productive, which was why I was grateful that Michael and the other staff were there to encourage them to do a project. Also, some of the children found the other projects not very interesting, so they disengaged doing the project and tried to find something else to do. In my next lead teaching week, I will plan a curriculum that is more appropriate, more interesting, and maybe longer (that may take the whole project time). According to Copple and Bredekamp, it is important that the curriculum is appropriate and interesting for the children in order for them to have that interest of engaging in a project. I would also try to use other strategies such as to encourage them to reengage in a project or redirect them to do another project.
Lastly, one of the most personal challenge I experienced leading was balancing my time in doing projects with the children, leading the classroom, and interacting with the parents. It was really hard not to get suck in doing a certain project with the children, which caused me to disengage in the other things that I should be paying attention to. There were many times during my lead teaching that I was not aware of parents arriving and leaving. According to the information I read about parent-teacher positive relationships, it is important for teachers to be aware and to acknowledge the arrival of the parents and the child in order for the parents to see and know that you know that their child has arrived and that you are paying attention and aware of what is going on in the classroom.
Overall, I definitely need to work on planning the curriculum, using more teaching strategies to redirect and encourage the children who tend to disengage in projects, and balancing my time in doing projects, leading the classroom, and interacting with the parents.