Mountain View Elementary School
Interning in 2nd grade classrooms
Strengths and Liabilities
The strengths and liabilities I bring to this experience is responsibility and intercity. I will make the most of my strengths by always being there when I know a teacher is counting on me.
The most positive part of my internship would be seeing how the students react as soon as I walk into a classroom. The very second I walk in all of the students run straight to me and give me a big hug. Teachers have told me that I've made a positive impact on some of the students and that means a lot to me. The least positive part of my internship would have be dealing with little arguments. At least once a week, a group of students (mostly girls) will run up to me and say something like "He's being mean to me" or "They said she isn't my friend anymore". Dealing with arguments is difficult because you never know who is telling the truth.
My experiences at my internship has impacted my high school education by taking it more serious. I have learned what the classroom looks like from a teachers point of view. Because of this, I will also show more respect towards my teachers.
Getting to work with these kids is an incredible experience! I love them all dearly.
During my internship, I have used my knowledge I've learned in the past. For example, when a students needs help with their work I teach them the way I got taught in the 2nd grade. Usually, the students understand and tell me it is much easier.
Each Friday, each class has what they call "Fun Friday." This is a time when students play games in the classroom for the last hour of class and socialize.
Reading Counts is a system that students can read any book and take multiple choice question tests. Each time they pass a test, they get rewarded points. Depending on the book, the student can get from 1-18 points. At the end of each school year, each student is supposed to have at least 30 points.
Mrs. Brown's Classroom
At the end of the day, Mrs. Brown calls her students to the front of the classroom so they can write down reminders in their agenda.
An accomplishment that I am proud of is my social skills. Throughout this experience I've learned how to interact with kids and carry on conversations with adults. As a shy person, I was quiet around the teachers and students. As I got more comfortable around everyone, I started talking more, and being more of myself.
Describe a situation when you were really frustrated and explain how you dealt with it. What did you learn?
I got really frustrated when a student refused to listen to me because I wasn't a "real teacher." I think it is disrespectful when someone doesn't listen to an older person. As much as I wanted to yell at that kid, I didn't. I politely said "just because I'm not your actual teacher doesn't mean that you shouldn't show me any respect." I learned to not take what a kid says to heart. Kids around the age of 8 usually don't think before they speak. Therefore, they don't mean to hurt your feelings or make you frustrated.
In order to be successful in this organization, you need to be responsible, honest, and caring. Being responsible means to always get to your classroom on time. You need to keep in mind that there is a group of students waiting on you and wanting to be taught. Honesty and caring is a big qualities. Students want someone who is always honest with them and shows that they care. I can seeing myself working as a teacher for several years. This is because I teaching is something I have wanted to do since I was little. My internship has shown me that teaching will be a career that I'll love.
I have encountered several personalities over the past 5 months. One of the personalities I have encountered is the "not caring" attitude. When I meet students with this attitude I talk to them and figure out what is going on and why they don't care. Another personality I have encountered is the "I'm too cool for school" attitude. This personality is most common in boys. The boys who have this attitude are the ones who constantly want to goof off and talk to one another. Typically, I deal with this attitude by threatened them. I threatened to take away their outside time if they don't straighten up. Luckily, this usually works. My favorite attitude I have encountered is the "sweet" attitude. These students are the ones who get along with others and gets there work done. The students with these attitudes are the ones who I love helping. They take in everything you tell them and apply it to their school work.
The most important thing I have learned about working with others is to always have a positive attitude. If you always have a positive attitude, others will treat you with respect.
My lie beyond high has only changed a little. At the beginning of my internship, I wanted to be a school teacher. I wanted to have my own classroom and teach one certain grade. As my internship progressed, I have decided that I want to be a P.E teacher, I chose this career path because I love sports and doing physical activity but I also love teaching.