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Reflections of a Substitute Teacher: Six Weeks in a Kindergarten Classroom



I've had the privilege of working in various classrooms with different age groups. However, my recent six-week stint in a kindergarten classroom has been the most memorable experience of all.


Walking into the classroom on the first day, I was greeted by a room full of eager five and six-year-olds, all ready to learn and have fun. The atmosphere was both exciting and nerve-wracking, as I knew I had to set the tone for the class from the get-go.


The first few days were challenging, to say the least. Kindergarteners are full of energy and have a short attention span, so keeping them engaged and on task was a task in itself.


However, I quickly learned that the key to success was to make learning fun and interactive.

I started incorporating games and activities into our lessons, which allowed the children to learn while having fun. We played "Simon Says" to practice following directions and "I Spy" to practice letter recognition. We also had a "show and tell" day where the children could bring in something special to share with the class, allowing them to practice public speaking and build their confidence.


One of the most rewarding experiences during my six weeks in the kindergarten classroom was seeing the children's progress over time. I watched as they went from struggling to identify letters and numbers to reading simple words and counting to 100.


But it wasn't just about academic progress. I also saw how the children were growing emotionally and socially. They learned to work together as a team, to share and take turns, and to express their emotions in a healthy way.


As a substitute teacher, I knew that my time in the kindergarten classroom was limited, but the impact that the children had on me was immense. They taught me to be patient, creative, and to always have a sense of humor. I will never forget their smiling faces, contagious laughter, and the joy they brought to my days.


Working as a substitute teacher in a kindergarten classroom was a rewarding experience that allowed me to witness the growth and development of young minds firsthand. It's not just about teaching the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also about teaching valuable life skills such as teamwork, empathy, and communication. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such an amazing group of children, and I look forward to seeing where their futures take them.

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