The semester is over. There were many things throughout this semester that caused me to look at what I was doing with the rest of my life. Those things helped me become a better educator and person. I realize that I am not a patient enough person to teach in the urban setting. I learned I have the teacher voice and that teacher look but that the lack of knowledge about the hidden rules in the urban setting I was in took more than that voice or look. As I mentioned earlier, this was a helpful experience. I am now a student who has a whole semester’s worth of hands-on experience, I have a lot of stories to go back to campus with, and I have a whole new perspective on what goes into setting up and running a classroom. I have ideas about what I would like to do in my future classroom and I know some things that would not work in this setting where they may work where I am employed. I hope that all of my peers and fellow Ball State teachers made the best of their experience as I have of mine. Thank you to all who read my journal and I hope that everyone has a successful year in 2006.
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