What did it take to get over being shy—-(this question references a comment to my blog a few weeks ago) —and move to the front row.
I guess the main thing was gaining confidence. I was a teacher’s aide for six or seven years when the principal suggested I get my teaching certificate and get better pay as a teacher. He had seen me working in all the classrooms and with all sorts of kids, including the “wonderful fun” of playground and lunch duty.
By the time my kids had reached high school the idea became possible. I went attended summer school for several years taking whatever was available towards my certification. My oldest was in college and the other three in high school when I did my student teaching during the school year.
I had worked so much with kids that when I began the Ed degree, I felt I had a good idea what it was all about. I sat in the front row and contributed to class discussions. So I guess the answer is confidence.
My daughter,Katie, taught me about the kids in the back row. She was a junior in high school and was asked to tutor a younger student in math. I wasn’t sure how she would handle this so I asked her after the first session what she did.
“I asked the girl where she sat in class. In the back of course. I told her to move up one row the next time.”
Each week the girl moved up a row and finally Katie told her to ask a question. .What amazing insight from a teen… she was right. I am not sure my conversation with her put me in the front row, but it was about that time that I started taking Ed classes.