Monday, July 6, 2015

Beginning Feelings and goals

Hello All!

My name is Jennifer Scarbrough.  I am the case manager for four students in Class B for Summer Learning Place.  I will be teaching reading, writing, and math to all students in 2nd and 3rd grades.  I will be working with another teacher from my Practicum course.  She and I will be co-planning and co-teaching all subjects.  We begin on Tuesday, July 8th and will end on July 30th at Sevier Middle School.  Summer Learning Place will be in session from 8:30 to 11:30 every Monday through Thursday.  We have break from 9:50 to 10:05.  

Feelings about this experience:

I am looking forward to working with new students.  I am new to working with this age group.  I have been teaching high school for the past three years in a special education classroom.  I think it will be difficult to truly understand all of their strengths and weaknesses in such a short amount of time.  After speaking to my students' parents, it seems that memory and retaining skills over time are going to need to be addressed.  I am also nervous about planning lessons.  I work in a Tutorial classroom, where I work with students on what they bring to my class from the general education classroom.  My partner teacher is an Elementary school teacher, so I am hoping she can help me in this area.  I am not sure what to expect for tomorrow.  With teaching, every day brings new and exciting challenges and victories.  I am excited for what is to come.

Goals for this experience:

1.      Get better at managing time, transitions and lesson planning

2.       Learn strategies to help students with memory and retention issues

3.      Learn how to better facilitate cooperative learning activities

Teaching Experience:

·        Tutorial Teacher (Special Education-Resource Setting)- Mauldin High School, 2012-present

·         Substitute Teacher (All subjects and grade levels)- Spartanburg Districts 3 and 7, 2011-2012

·         Reading Resource Teacher (5th grade)- Carroll Middle School, 2010-2011


  1. Great goals! I hope once you get started that your nervousness will go away. I hope you enjoy working with our students.

  2. Jennifer, your students are so lucky to have such an experienced educator working with them. I look forward to seeing and hearing all the wonderful new strategies they have to share!

  3. I think you will get the hang of teaching lessons. I was so excited to hear that you enjoyed teaching the younger ones! I will continue to share things with you! Hopefully you got your first day jitters out!

  4. I think you and I have the same fears and apprehensions as a result of being used to teaching the older kids. From what I saw today, you really seem to have a niche with the younger kids. I hope that planning lessons for reading, writing, and math becomes habit for both of us. Good luck!

  5. I shared some the same feelings in regards to teaching younger children. I was not nervous, but I felt like I was out of my comfort zone. I enjoyed hearing you talk about how polite and respectful your students were today. I know they will continue to enjoy having you and Lauren as their teachers.

  6. As a parent I am always appreciative to those teachers who participate with my children. Today during snack break and transitions was some of those moments. Your students have the opportunity to learn and relate as you teach using auditory and visual/kinesthetics. Those are important strategies as it takes less effort because the work went into proper lesson planning. You're reaching the majority. I'm so incredibly proud of you.