Today’s practicum consisted entirely of a guest speaker who came to address the whole middle school. The guest gave a speech about how we should live our lives, especially focusing on telling your loved ones how much they mean to you , not judging a book by its cover, telling people how you feel, and so on. The speaker was engaging, funny, and interacted with the students, who seemed to really enjoy the presentation. His presentation took up all of the time that I was in the classroom, but I’m glad that I got to experience it with the students and see their reactions.
Today’s takeaway: Teaching goes beyond the curriculum. Especially when teaching adolescents, teachers almost have a moral obligation to help students navigate through life’s tricky waters. Consequently, it is imperative that teachers incorporate related programming – often taking time away from classroom-learning – to help address areas of learning that students will face in the “real world.” Maybe if educators cannot get a good speaker to actually come, they can at least show their students videos like the one below and engage in good discussion with their students about the relevance of these messages in their lives.