Mrs. Marino’s 4th Graders
This year I was asked to have a student teacher. I am not going to lie….I was terrified. I did not want to mess up, give bad advice, be a bad role model, etc. etc. etc. I prayed and prayed because I felt a huge weight on my shoulders to absolutely do this to the best of my ability. Miss Kaylee Ryan started in January and left last week. She fit right in with the staff and the students. We have all been sad for the past week because it is absolutely not the same without her. She is innovative, connected, an out of the box thinker, a technology lover and an incredible teacher. She brought so much into the classroom, and I am extremely excited for whatever school hires her. They will be hiring a visionary, a creator of life long learners, and a teacher with a true heart.
On her last day here she lead the students through a math augmented reality scavenger hunt using the Aurasma app. We did this last month, but this time she created the entire thing without my help. I kept waiting for her to text me with questions, but she never did. This pre-service teacher guided my students through an incredibly cool technology project on her own. One that they will never forget. A project that was fun, engaging, hard and empowering all at once. Pretty impressive.
Kaylee made stations throughout the school. When the students scanned the Tellagami an avatar appeared that spoke. The avatar told the students a word problem. The problems were not easy, but the students did not care. They were on a mission. When they figured the problem out they would then look at the answer key to see where they were headed next. This was a great review leading up the the dreaded “test”.
Kaylee knows that if you can get students excited about what they are doing, if you can engage them somehow, then they will work hard. They will try their best, and they will learn. It is our duty as leaders of our classroom to think outside of the box. We need to bring innovative ideas in. We need to work a little harder even we are not on the clock. We need to be creative. It’s our job. The number one job duty of a teacher is to inspire his/her students. Kaylee did that everyday that she was here. She taught all of us so much.