I have been looking forward to the field experience part of my teacher education program for quite a while now. Until I started it this past week the anticipation was admittedly that it might be charged with the relief of having finished practicum and the chance of seeing how I came across as a newly practiced teacher candidate. The feelings changed as I fumbled once again into a new role. Yes, I had a little more confidence meeting administration, students, and the school community at Vancouver College. It was not really a confidence that I could fill any role that the community asked of me, which I was excited to do, but more of a confidence that I could recognize aspects of the field that I have been training for. It was an incredible amount of humility and excitement that I was not expecting when I was introduced to students in classes as the French student teacher visiting from UBC and was there to be part of their school and learning community. I followed a few of these general introductions with my own remarks about being there to help the students in whatever way I could. This was probably the wrong thing to say in higher level French classes at this school because some of the students came up to me after and asked if was a tutor / able to help raise some grades that I assumed were very good already.
The week went really quickly and had some pretty incredible moments. I shouldn’t have been surprised when one of the Christian Brothers, having finished a French unit, had the class up out of their seats singing the “Marseillaise” lyrics to a video, complete with the class marching and gesturing for some of the more violent elements of French national history. This is the risk-it kind of activity that I have been trying so hard to incorporate in my teaching formation as a language teacher. In the learning center, I was shown an incredible amount of trust when I was allowed to participate in the student personal check-in from the previous weekend just minutes after entering the door to this beautiful classroom. I am looking forward to next week as I continue to reflect on where I’m at and what I can do to keep growing as a member of the school community and as a future member of the teaching profession. Thank you Chelsea for the opportunity to be a guest of your reflective learning project and the motivation to get started.