By Anna Burton
I am officially a 4 grade student teacher, all thanks to the Teaching and Learning Institute (TLI) program. I would not have guessed that I would be in a teacher's shoes. I thought I wouldn't like it, because personally I don't think I would do well with the kids. In all honesty so far my time as a teacher has been fun. I have 19 wonderful kids who have things that make them loveable but also things that make you want to pull your hair out. So just like any other job, it has both a bad side and a great side. Part of the good side is how happy the kids are when they see me walk in. I get greeted with smiles and hugs every time I come in. With the good comes the bad. Some days they are a bit out of control and do not listen as well as the other days. These kids have drama just as we do and I was in charge of trying to solve the problem.
I am the student teacher of an amazing teacher named Ms. Doell. She has been allowing students in TLI to come into her class for 2 years now. This experience has allowed her to remember what it was like in the beginning as a teacher and also to see how much more she knows now than in the beginning. If she had to change anything about the program it would only be the timing, since students have specials when I am interning. She believes it's not the best opportunity for me, but in all she wouldn't change the program itself at all since it gives students great opportunities.