1st week at UIWP
For the most part, I have felt out of my element. However, I feel like it has pushed me in a good way to learn new technologies (i.e., iMovie). I am enjoying the work that we are doing because it keeps me focused and thinking about writing and teaching. I think the challenging part is the continual collegial aspect of it – having to talk about teaching and methods and theories, etc., without feeling completely at ease about my knowledge. There is a lot going on – the days feel packed. I think it has been a challenge to continually blog, respond, meet in groups and respond, while reading, working on our own videos and projects – all at the same time. I love the aspect of being challenged to express myself in new ways – through blogging and maybe trying out different genres of expression.
Another aspect that has been challenging is the push for creativity. I know that teaching requires a great amount of creativity but I am realizing that I can only think creatively for a specific amount of time (i.e., while working on a project like our interview videos).
I’m afraid to say this but I think my approach to teaching writing has been more of a procedural one. We’ve used Lucy Calkins in the past to teach personal narratives, creative writing, and persuasive essays. However, because both my co-teacher and I were new to teaching writing in general, we heavily relied on her scripted versions for our first year, even with help from Haeny Yoon to organize and plan out our units.