Someone else’s lessons?

One of the things I am struggling with as a student teacher is that I don’t really feel like the lessons are “mine”.  I am working with two CTs, and for the most part, I feel like the structure and sequencing of the lessons I am planning and teaching is theirs.  On one hand, I really appreciate this because it lets me focus on other aspects of my budding practice.  On the other hand, I am really hoping that once I have my own classroom (or even as I progress further into my student teaching experience in the next few months), I will feel be able to infuse more of my ideas into my lesson plans.

This is challenging right now because even if I implement lessons that align more with how I envision my classroom, my kids and CTs aren’t used to it.  For example, my precalculus class is used to taking notes and observing many examples by my teacher, along with practicing problems in groups and using stations.  I am attempting to add some more investigative activities into their normal routine, like finding coordinates on the unit circle using special right triangles as manipulatives.  It took the kids longer than I expected to do this, probably partially because they aren’t used to this kind of activity.  We weren’t able to get to other parts of the unit circle during that lesson (symmetry in the coordinates, radians, etc.), and my CT suggested that I move on because I had already spent more time on this than she ever had.

Is this a normal feeling to have during student teaching?  Should I be okay with just focusing on improving aspects of my teaching within someone else’s structure?  Don’t get me wrong — I am not bashing my teachers’ styles, and I have a lot to learn from both of them.  There are just some things that I would like to have in my future classroom that I’m finding hard to practice now.

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  1. shannonohbannon reblogged this from math-girl and added:
    I feel this way too. I get sort of frustrated because I feel as if some of the things that my teacher does take much...
  2. edukaition reblogged this from msleahqueenhbic and added:
    Leah hit the nail on the head. Student teaching will always be awkward. Our university programs and the classrooms we...
  3. classroomideas reblogged this from math-girl
  4. mybubblemyparadise said: I’m in exactly the same position at the moment, I follow and teach my CT’s plans and don’t feel like my own however trying to think positively about it, the less planning/paperwork we have to do!
  5. life-of-a-substitute reblogged this from math-girl and added:
    I don’t think there is anything wrong with exploring different kind of teaching styles. I think it’s actually better to...
  6. msleahqueenhbic reblogged this from math-girl and added:
    It’s totally normal, I know I felt that way quite a bit. I tend to look at it as a good thing, because it mirrors the...
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