Student Teaching — Week 11

This week I have had more of a chance to run small groups and discuss when I’m going to complete the requirements for my CEL student teaching observations. I’m pretty excited about the observations because it is okay if record myself working one-on-one with a student and help them use their devices and organize them. Before I was planning on teaching a lesson in the computer lab about Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or another technology tool. I was less excited about this idea because it’s not as relevant to the special education setting as working with the AT.

I continued working with the 5th grade student to use his iPad, but I’m struggling with a few things.  He doesn’t always need to use the iPad, but I want him to keep practicing with it so it becomes easier for him. Also, they do a lot of whole group work and I don’t want to pull him out or draw more attention to him. I would still like to help him because he can do it, but he needs more focused attention. I’m not sure what to do in these situations. This week’s take away was:

Be cautious when you are supporting a student that you aren’t doing the work for them. Give them the chance to show you what you know.