My Career As A Student Teacher

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I officially began my career as a student teacher in Spanish on August 25, 2014 at Memorial High School in Smallville, Ohio. I work under the guidance of Mrs. Santer, my mentor teacher, who has been introducing WMHS students to the wonderful world of languages for over 30 years. This year Mrs. Santer is teaching various levels of Spanish (Advanced Placement, IV, III, and I) as well as French I.
Mrs. Santer’s classroom is just what you would expect a world language classroom to look like: colorful! The walls are covered with the flags of various Spanish-speaking countries, some that she has bought and others that students have made. She has colorful decorations draped along the back wall that might make one think they are walking into a
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In the front of the room, against a wall that is parallel to Mrs. Santer’s desk, is a magazine rack in which she keeps Spanish magazines, Spanish newspapers from various countries, and brochures about traveling to different Latin American countries. Perpendicular to the magazine rack is a table containing a stapler, three-hole punch, tape, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, hand cream, and paper. The items on this desk are for the use of the students.
Technology’s presence in the classroom is marked by a TV and DVD player that are mounted in the front right corner of the room, directly above Mrs. Santer’s desk. There is also a computer, about three years old, on her desk. Both of these items are standard in every classroom. In addition, Wayne-Westland Community Schools has implemented an electronic grading and attendance program this year called Zangle. This is the school district’s first experience with requiring their teachers to submit grades and attendance electronically.
When I first walk into the classroom, Mrs. Santer is using Zangle to create seating charts for all of her classes, but one obstacle stands in her way of complete preparation: the technical service workers have removed Adobe Acrobat from all of the computers in network so she is unable to print the seating charts. Because of this she will have to read them off the screen. Although this is a nuisance, it is the only glitch of the day.
It is not even 7:10 a.m. and
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