Program: BS, Mathematics Education (High School Licensure)
Hometown: Branford, CT
Favorite aspect of SED: The cooperative environment
Student-teaching placement: Malden High School
Favorite food: a nice bowl of pasta
Favorite movie quote: “One look? ONE LOOK!?!?!”—Derek Zoolander, Zoolander
If I could have a superpower…: Telekinesis
Favorite non-SED activity: Singing a cappella with the Dear Abbeys
My name is Chris, and I’m a senior studying Mathematics Education at Boston University School of Education. As my time at BU is coming to a close, I wanted to give you a little peek into the life of a student-teacher in his last semester.
I am currently student-teaching at Malden High School in three classes: an Algebra I Honors and two Algebra II classes. So far, the experience has been great. I get to work with a broad spectrum of students, from freshmen to seniors and native Bostonians to immigrants who just arrived last month.
I started fairly slowly because my first week at the school was midterm week, but I have since begun planning my first units. Polynomials have been the focus of my thought for the last week or so, as I am planning the unit on them for one of my Algebra II classes. Once that is finished, it’s on to the next topic: Data Analysis for my Algebra I Honors class. The more I think about that unit, the more excited I get. I already have an idea for a project percolating in my head revolving around Winter Olympic medal totals, which is getting me even more excited. I cannot wait to start planning it all.
One of the major difficulties with student-teaching is time management. When you add in the hour commute to Malden each way, a great deal of my time has been taken up every day. Throw on top of that a night class once a week, two rehearsals a week for my a cappella group, and two nights of working for the Intramural Sports department, and I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. This experience is helping me learn how to manage my time more efficiently than ever.
I am anxious to see what happens over the next month. Lots to learn, lots to teach, lots to survive!
Until next month,
As a second-semester senior, I am going through a lot of interesting transitions in my life right now. Starting the transition from college student to working professional has been an endeavor with many lessons along the way.
The G-word, that dreaded but joyous occasion that will be occurring in May, is fast approaching, as I have noticed from all the forms and requirements I have had to complete. Applications for graduation (oooh, there, I said it), signing up for MTELs, licensure paperwork to document my student-teaching, senior events, and much more have been signaling the end of an era in my life: an amazing four years at Boston University.
It is not that I’m overly apprehensive about the future, but more that I don’t want to leave BU and all the amazing people and experiences I have had here. For example, when else would I get the opportunity to go skiing in the Adirondacks for a weekend with 10 of my best friends, for free?! Well, that’s exactly what I did with my a cappella group this month; we sang for free lift tickets and stayed with family members of one of the guys. It is experiences like that one that will make me miss my time here.
Looking towards the future and my profession as a teacher, I have had a very busy month and a half student-teaching so far. I have taken over two classes so far, an Algebra II and an Algebra I Honors. One of the greatest struggles I have had is trying to figure out how much work a class can complete in a period. It is definitely an art that is honed over years of practice. Hopefully, I will get to observe more teachers this month to see how much they try to tackle in a class period.
I have had a lot of fun in the Algebra I Honors class with our project. I developed a data analysis project about the Winter Olympics where the students will be comparing medal totals and researching their own topics about some aspect of the Winter Olympics. I am excited to see what topics they come in with on Monday.
March is going to be a big month: taking over another class, being observed by my supervisor, taking my final MTEL, midterms for my University classes, and more. I’m sure I will have plenty more to share at the end of the month. Good luck and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!