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!!