My Internship

Children's Montessori School in Waxahachie

Internships Relate to Future Careers


My capstone project is an internship at a Children’s Montessori School in Waxahachie- a school that does not teach using regular teaching methods, but rather uses many hands-on project-based learning techniques. My passion behind my capstone is that I am interested in possibly teaching children between the ages of pre-k to first grade, or being a children’s author and illustrator. An internship where I can have hands-on experience with the age group of the children that my writing or teaching would be aimed towards would help me to see what methods children are best taught with and what appeals to and interests them.

Benefits I expect to gain

One benefit I expect to gain from this internship is the experience of working in a real teaching environment with professional teachers. I also will benefit from getting hands-on experience with the age group of children that I'm interested aiming my future works towards- whether it is writing or teaching. The mentors that I am working with will give me professional feedback and will allow me to help with and observe lessons being taught so that I can see how the children respond to certain teaching methods and subjects. This interning experience will help me decide if I want to become a children's teacher or a children's writer.

Audience


My audience are the kids and the teachers that I will be interacting with everyday. Since only the kids and other teachers see my plans, then the plans will be more personalized for the students for a better approach.

At least two days a week

Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-11am

Fridays TBD

Just Some Faces

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."

Ten Milestones

The first ten milestones that I plan to accomplish within the first few weeks are listed below:

January 6: First day of internship

January 13: start to develop a sense of what the children do and do not know/understand- record it

January 20: work with the information form the week before and start plans to help with lessons

January 27: present my plans and ideas to other teachers and get professional feedback

January 29: make checklist of points the children should reach for different weeks

February 3: finalize lesson plans and carry them out in the classrooms

February 10: record “success” or lack of “success” determined by class assessment that shows if they remember what was taught the week before

February 17: make lesson for the next point on the checklist

February 24: Make a project or game for the lesson

March 3: determine if projects or games are better to help teach

Measure of Success

My measure of success for myself will be by the feedback of both the students and the teachers- if it is enjoyable for the kids, and if the teachers think what I bring to the table is good for student learning.Measurements of success for the kids will be based on both oral and written assessments based on memorization and general understanding. (Alphabet, numbers, writing letters, etc.) They will also be successful if they are able to understand and retain things from previous lessons and incorporate them into current and future lessons.