I am so excited to start my pre-internship next week. I am doing my pre-internship close to home, so I don’t have to commute every week to Regina. My kids are super happy to have me home and I am pretty sure my husband is to as the house needs a little TLC. The goals I have chosen for my pre-internship are goals that I feel will not only help myself as a teacher but I am hoping will help the students I teach.
Goal #1 Engage all students in the classroom
I have been in a few classrooms in the last year for other classes and have observed teachers not even make an attempt to engage some students. Witnessing this is hard enough, not having a voice to say anything to the teacher because I am only a ‘university student’ was a game changer for me as a future teacher. I may not be able to speak with every student in every class of every day, but I will not allow a student to sit there unengaged for an entire 50 minutes of my lesson. I will not allow it, and I sure won’t pretend that I didn’t notice it. During my lessons, one of my targets will be to walk around the classroom during the lesson and engage with students. If I am lecturing or we are having a class discussion I will make an effort to ask questions of all students, not just the students that put their hands up. I will be giving my co-operating teacher a checklist of the specific targets I am trying to hit for each lesson.
Goal #2 Classroom management
I believe that effective classroom management can help a teacher in running an efficient classroom environment. Establishing rules with the students, having a routine and a safe classroom environment are very important in the classroom. This may be hard to establish in only three weeks of pre-internship but I feel that I will need the respect of the students for the time I am there. During my time in the classroom I will have the students explain the classroom rules and routines that are already established in the class with the teacher. We will also discuss a safe classroom environment. I will already have asked the teacher about these issues but I want to hear the rules from the students. This will be a refresher for them and also a reminder to them that I would like the same rules applied to myself when I am in the classroom teaching. My target for each lesson I teach will be to recognize and implement the classroom rules, to deal with any situations that arise, and respect those rules of the class in keeping a safe environment for all students. This is more of a general target for my entire pre-internship, but I will have classroom management on each lesson plan that I do which remind myself of the classroom rules and I will ask the co-operating teacher weekly how I am managing.
Goal #3 Different teaching strategies in lessons
Today’s students are no different than students from 20 years ago. They all learn in different ways and have different interests. As a future teacher I recognize this and feel that I need to teach in different ways to accommodate the various learning styles I may have in my classroom. During my pre-internship I will try a variety of teaching strategies and techniques. For example, I will use videos, partner work (think-pair-share), group work/discussions, class discussions, KWL charts, research activities using computers, lectures and small skits in class. I will reach this goal through the lessons that I make for the variety of classes I will teach.
The indicators I will use will be on the target sheets I give to my co-operating teacher for every lesson.
Looking forward to the next 3 weeks!