So, I am in the planning period of my internship class (3rd period). And from what I have gathered, this is not the placement for me. Its not that I don’t like the class, the school, the students, or the teacher. Its not even the early wake up. The issue is that I am a social science education major and I am not in a social science classroom.
The classroom is an AVID classroom which is basically a preplanned elective class that students can take to help them prepare for college.
I think it is necessary since high school did not prepare me for college. But I want to be in a social science classroom because those subjects are my passion.
I am going to be calling my supervising coordinator after school today to discuss it.
So I am filling out my Internship II application. Going to go and try to get it signed today so I can get it done and over with.
I am trying to get this internship with the same school and same teacher. I loved being in her class and I loved the curriculum. I know it’s not going to be the same students but I hope I will see them come by so I can say “Hi!”.
The schools principal will be sending a letter to the main intern coordinator to request that I be placed in the classroom I want. Hopefully it works out.
It is truly sad to think that my first placement is almost over for my first internship. Being at Avalon Middle School has been a great experience and I am just starting to build great rapport with the students in my classes. I get to know them more and more as we move along together through the material. They always look forward to seeing me and always greet me in the hallways. Even the teachers around the hallway like me and I like them. I love being in a school because the teachers always greet you in the morning.
Anyways, I will post my BC/AD lesson after I update my procedures and activities on it. But it turned out great.
So, yesterday was insane. Even though the students were only taking a quiz on “What is History” and all they have learned for the past 2 weeks, including what I taught them.
But after yesterday I was EXHAUSTED!!! Even though with the test, I was walking around the whole time. The students always had questions, of course ones I couldn’t answer. The worst part was that they were asking questions about parts of the test which I taught. It made me very sad. =(
So, my supervising teacher is going over primary and secondary sources. And I am really jealous of all the history she owns.
On Tuesday she brought in the American that flew on her grandfathers naval ship during world war 2. The thing was massive. I was having heart palpitations from just touching it.
Today she brought in some old new papers and magazines. A time magazine from 1969 during the lunar missions. News papers from the day of the Pearl Harbor bombings. She had a newspaper from 1969 before the launch.
I am seriously in historical heaven.
So I never posted after my internship on Thursday. I was so busy with other school and work things I had no time.
Anyways, Thursday went great. I taught my full lesson on BC/AD/BCE/CE. My first time administering the lesson during first period it didn’t go as planned. I of course sped through the lesson as I talk really fast when I am nervous. After 1st period my teacher gave me some tips and I immediately put them into practice.
The part that I was missing was the building background knowledge before getting into the activities. So, starting in second period I had them reading out of their textbook. There were two pages that were really able to build the background knowledge and giving them the most important information needed to understand the concept.
My activity was simple, “place the pieces of papers with dates of historical significance in CHRONOLOGICAL order”. Luckily the majority of the students understood it. But to make sure they did, we had them create their own timelines with themselves and their date of birth.
My style of teaching is very hands on and not just reading from the textbook. I find that the easy way out. Yes I did have them read from the book, but it was just a small portion of like 3 small paragraphs between 2-3 pages.
But as the day went on I got better and better at it. My supervising teacher is supposed to evaluate me. She said I have all the basics down and that I did use common core practices. But I need to work on classroom management which she said “you won’t get that down in a day, a week, a month, not even a year”. Which I know is true. Classroom management when you have to learn the learning styles of 150 students and then differentiate between AP and Regular classes is one of the most difficult things to do as a teacher. She did say that I did very well differentiating my instruction between the AP and regular classes. She also stated that I used esol strategies for her multi-lingual students.
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Today’s internship day was…different…
The kids are now getting off schedule. So each class was in a different stage of information needed. The kids also were NOT listening to directions. These are 6th graders (10-12 years old).
My supervising teacher would be giving instructions very intricately and slow so that the students could understand her. However, the students still asked a ton of questions. None of it was difficult to understand at all.
But part of it I actually liked. Part of my personality is that I REALLY like when people ask questions. I do believe that there are no stupid questions (Well, as long as the answer is not RIGHT in front of you) which that happened quite often today. But the kids asking questions to mean means that they want to make sure they are doing things right and they just don’t try without knowing how and end up completely messing it up.
I am writing several lessons this semester. I will be posting them on here as I finish them. I will also post my lessons from previous semesters.
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So, today did not start off the best. I’m always there really early but my teacher was like “don’t get there till 9”. So I waited longer to leave which put me off my routine. As I left, I forgot my lunch then had to turn around. After leaving the apartment complex I realized I forgot my name tag. So I had to turn around for that too. I get to the school and I get out of my car and almost to the front office and I realize that I forgot to switch my sunglasses out. So I had to walk back to my car.
Once I got into my classroom my teacher and I talked about what lesson I will be doing in her class for the section of “What is History?” We decided that I would do a lesson on understanding BC and AD for a timeline. That’s an easy lesson for me to create and i love creating time lines so I don’t mind presenting BC and AD to these kids.
I am so glad to be in this classroom. It is an awesome class with great students and a great/real teacher.
Today was a success. We played a Longitude and Latitude game for 5/6 periods and it was fun.
After lunch she had me run the class a bit. Get them situated, organized, called roll all day. It was amazing.
I am in a huge battle with myself as to if I want to start teaching right after I graduate and postpone my grad school? Should I teach and go to grad school? Should I just go straight for grad school and not teach?
What do I do??????
I’ve got 11 months to decide.
So today is my day two of internship. My teacher isn’t here yet but all the other teachers are so welcoming saying good morning and introducing themselves.
Feeling much more confident today than I did Tuesday now that I know how she works and conducts her class.