Welcome to my student teaching web site. You will find my daily journal
posted online, here, as well as lesson plans and assorted thoughts on
being a student teacher.
In the Fall of 1997, I was a student teacher at the Lake Linden - Hubbell
with the cooperation of teacher Maureen Schick. The classes I taught were
all math (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry) and were populated
primarily by younger students. I had wanted to teach something closer
to my degree (Computer Science) but I took what I could get. Actually,
I never really expected to teach computer science locally. There were
only a handful of CS classes offered in local high schools and the
chances of one of the few CS teachers wanting a student teacher was
slim, at best.
Regardless of the class content, the student teaching experience sure was...
well, an experience! I've worked a lot of hard jobs already,
ranging from warehouse to maintenance to janitorial to grunt labor to the
intellectually challenging software engineering. But none of
those jobs compare to student teaching in the "they aren't paying me
enough to do this" catagory. Plainly put, the amount of aggravation,
after hours work, and frustration puts teaching in a class by itself.
This begs the question "why, then, did you do it?" Well, at the time,
I wasn't entirely sure which way I wanted to go with my career. A
huge part of me really wants to teach. Another huge part of me wants
to be a computer geek. When the opportunity came to try out teaching
at a secondary level, I jumped at the chance. I had already had
experience with the computer side, this was my chance at the teaching
I am currently employed at Motorola. This should give you an indication
what I finally decided. And if you read into these daily journal
entries, I think it'll become pretty obvious after a while why
I chose the path I did!
There is the navigation bar on the left of most pages in this site. The
underlined "Week"s (e.g., Third Week) are links to my weekly
lesson plan overview. This shows what my plans are for that particular
week. As I didn't start doing this on the web until my third week, you
will not find any journal entries or plans before that.
Underneath each weekly plan link is a list of dates. Each of these
dates are links to my daily journal entries.
There is one entry that didn't find its way into the normal flow
of the site. It was the very first entry I did at the end of the
first week. It was an eye-opener. Without further ado, here is
the First Week.
If you have any comments on either this site or my experience itself, drop
me a note. My email address is