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I jumped into my pre-internship with both feet and ready to change the world! I believed that I would develop ‘thee BEST’ lesson plans my co-operating teacher had ever seen, bring in the latest ‘lingo’, straight from the brilliant minds at the University! Hey, at least I started out with a positive attitude and the right ideas! One of my targets for pre-internship was to use different teaching strategies within my lessons that I taught. The reasoning behind this was to try and touch base with all the students in the classroom and all of the various learning abilities of the students.
I was with a different co-op teacher each week and therefore, my subjects changed as well but the experience was one of a typical rural community. I know that as I return home to start my teaching career that I may not be teaching in my major and minor that I studied at university. My first lesson plan in a English B20 class I used a video clip on YouTube, a think-pair-share, group discussion and exit slips. At least that’s what was on paper to do! I quickly learned that you can’t use to many teaching strategies and expect them all to work into a 50 minute lesson. In the back of my mind I remember thinking, KISS (keep it simple stupid)! I was expecting to engage all learning abilities in the various activities but didn’t take time to think if they were actually learning anything. Not only that, I knew better than to try and do that. I was more worried about teaching the content, than I was about teaching the students. This was one of those Oprah, AHA moments. I didn’t know the students and how they learned, why was I trying to force this on them in one class. My co-operating teacher was great and jokingly told me I could use my ideas for this lesson and spread them out for a week of classes. So, that’s what I did and it worked great and was less stressful.
By the end of the week and with help from my co-operating teacher and the students I was understanding what type of different teaching strategies I could use for this class of students. I realized I don’t have to change the strategies every day if they are working for those students. As a teacher you begin to understand that you need to stick with what works for the students because the next class that you teach may have totally different learning abilities. Something else that I learned to implement into different teaching strategies is to take events going on around the students and to try and bring them into the classroom. I did this with a news story that related to what the students were learning about and I was amazed at how all the students in the class not only had something to say about the issue but were totally engaged in the entire lesson. One of our professors had said, if you can make the learning relevant to the student they will be more involved in their own learning. I know that I will definitely use this teaching strategy again as I witnessed the benefits of all the students in the class.
Wow, did that go by fast! I really enjoyed my pre-internship experience. Not only was I home to enjoy my family, I was lucky enough to have my pre-internship close to where I live. I know that I will be teaching in a rural school and that is why I felt it was important to have my pre-internship experience in a rural school. The schools may have lower numbers than the high schools in the city, but you can’t beat the experience of a small community school.
I worked with three great teachers for my pre-internship and I believe this is what made it such a great learning experience for me. I was in classes that were my major (health) and minor (social studies), but I was also in the high school math, science, drama and visual arts classes. I know that when I am applying for jobs in the future my chances of teaching in my subject areas in a rural school are extremely low. I see the need for a well-rounded teacher in the rural communities. However, in saying this, I do know where my limits are when it comes to feeling comfortable enough with certain subject areas and teaching those to a class of teenagers. You have to know your stuff, make it interesting and enjoy what you are teaching.
Now that pre-internship is complete I am looking forward to completing the semester, taking spring/summer classes and doing my internship in the fall. Don’t worry, I got this!!
I embarked on quite a challenge this week as I was with the chemistry, math and science teacher. Mr. H. has 35+ years of teaching experience. His teaching, classroom management and knowledge of each grade level subjects, simply amazed me. The students respect every aspect of his teaching and by the end of the week, I was right there along with them! I must admit that chemistry and math are not my strong points and this week most definitely proved that to me. However, I do love biology and that is what I jumped into this week to do my lessons. I really focused on my target of engaging every student. Mr. H. told me that I have a positive presence in the classroom with the students. He liked how I took time to listen to the students and speak with each one of them. This is extremely important to me as a future high school teacher.
The week went by super fast with planning lessons and because I am at home trying to look after my family as well. I am also trying to keep up with my ECMP 355 online class. I definitely think the Health majors need to speak up for the future health students that follow us, on not being able to take a 5 class block of classes for pre-internship like all the other subject areas. I did manage to catch the cold that is going around the school, even though my hands were covered in a hand sanitizer all week!. One of the teachers said because we are working with kids all day our chances of catching germs and flu bugs is pretty high. I spent most of the day flat on the couch, coughing and blowing my nose.
I am excited for my last week of pre-internship and working with the ELA, drama and fine arts teacher. This has been such a great experience and the light at the end of the tunnel is brighter every day! Have a great week everyone.
Wow, did that week ever go by fast!! In fact, I think I may have missed a couple days this week! I am totally enjoying my time in the school and getting to know the daily routines and the students. I do feel a little overwhelmed with the content of all the subjects, but I believe that is maybe because I am jumping in mid-semester and trying to understand where the students are in their learning and what they are working on.
I met my advisor, Les Robinson, on Wednesday and had a great visit with him. My co-op teacher has been giving me some great feedback on my lessons as well as my targets I have set. The students went skiing on Thursday. The ski trip had been cancelled from one of the cold days we had last month. I went along with the school and skied with the students. I did manage to help a few students out with their skiing because I used to be a ski instructor, but I wasn’t to sure how I was going to write that up into a lesson. I had a blast with the students and the weather was perfect for skiing that day. Friday was a scheduled teacher PD day. We spent the day going over treaties in the classroom. This was a little bit of a refresher for me because of the treaties in the classroom workshop we had at the beginning of January. It was great to see other teachers and contribute to the conversations about what is being taught at the University level right now.
I am moving over to a science/math co-op teacher for this week, so I am going to have my work cut out for me. I have learned quite quickly that as a teacher in a rural area, the more experience you can have in a variety of subjects, the better. They may have to send me down to the elementary side for a quick refresher of my math skills.
I do want to mention how much I absolutely love being around the students. I do know a few of the students because the school is close to home, but I am also trying to connect with the students that I don’t know. I feel this is very important if I am going to gain their respect in the next couple weeks. My co-op teacher last week had no prep time and was on supervision every day last week. The days went by so quickly. I remembered on one of the days as the students were boarding the busses to go home that I had forgot to eat. I also had to have a couple quick naps when I got home from the school. I am looking forward to exceeding the target goals I have set and surviving week #2. Wish me luck!! Good luck to all my colleagues as well.
I am 100% out of my element here, but did manage to make something up with the limited amount of pictures I have on my computer. I hope this is embedded on here properly.
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