Tales from the Classroom
Posted on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 by Kelsey Rausch
This winter break, I am taking full advantage of the time I have and using it to hopefully make some money! Besides working at the daycare, I am working in the school district! This Friday, I subbed for a paraprofessional in the kindergarten Early Childhood Special Education program at a local elementary school. I always hesitated this summer to take these jobs subbing because I felt under-qualified and unprepared. However, after this last semester of education classes and classroom clinicals, I feel way more confident entering a classroom as a teacher (or a teacher’s aide).
Which brings me to my latest experience in a classroom. Friday was the last day of school before Christmas break (aka all the kids did was run around and do crafts). I was assigned to work with one specific kid who was identified as being possibly developmentally delayed. To say that it was a difficult job to keep him on task is an understatement. I had my hands full all day with him. However, I felt as if I knew what to do for the most part. And if I didn’t know how to handle the problem, I knew who to turn to! It was so awesome to feel competent and qualified to be there and knowing that it was due to my education!