Now that the semester has ended I have learned 2 things about myself:
- I am terrible at organization (not new information just reaffirmed)
- I am a more confident instructor when I stop acting like what I think a teacher should act like and just be myself.
I discovered that being my authentic self is what works best in the classroom. When I try to mimic the teaching styles of other people, like Sarah or my peers, I lose myself. and fall short. I thought in the beginning that I would not be taken seriously by students due to my appearance and calm/mellow personality, I prepared myself to be stern and controlled. But when the time came for the summer camp I realized that this persona I created to teach with wouldnt work, and that I need to put down the airs and facade so I could teach in an authentic way. Embracing all aspects of my personality (cringey and quirky) is what helps create the authentic learning environment and accepting classroom that I want my students to experience. As the instructor being unafraid to make bad jokes or do something that might be seen as embarrassing hopefully gives my students the grounds to establish a connection with me the instructor but also themselves and their peers. I have learned that everyone is a little afraid, some people are better at hiding it or remaining cool, I am the opposite of cool so why not embrace that, I am relatable.