Monday, December 3, 2018

Last Blog Post of 2018!

This is your last blog post for the semester! YAY! As the semester winds down, take some time to reflect on your internship experience thus far. What were some highs and lows? What are something you could improve upon for next semester? What have you really enjoyed and what have you not liked so much? What do you think could be done differently about our class time together? Is there something you would like to learn about that we haven't covered yet?

Please post your remarks by 11:59 pm on Friday, December 7th.

29 comments:

  1. Looking back on the semester I am very proud that I am able to do this every A day, even if I still forget some of my student's names I am very happy and proud to intern in my class. So names I need to improve on but I also need to be more involved in my class. I simply just walk around class and answering a few questions. This happens due to being in a middle school class but I hope to find more opportunities like this next semester. Above all though it has been great to just be apart of this class keep learning more about this subject. I can't wait for next semester where I will get to learn even more from this class.

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  2. This has been one of the coolest experiences in my life! Going back to elementary school and seeing how much the education system has changed since I was that age is fascinating. It's kind of like going behind the scenes and getting to watch how everything is planned out. I think I could improve on making connections with ALL of the students in the class and getting more comfortable talking in front of them. Even though they're in second grade I get nervous for literally everything so it's a slow process. I've loved connecting with my teacher and building the bond we have these last few weeks. I've loved getting to know each student and learning about their lives and interests and everything like that. My mentor teacher and the students are amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better classroom to be in. At times, it's gotten kind of boring just because the students go to specials and lunch and I stay in the classroom punching out phonics flashcards. However, I still look forward to every day I go to Deepwood because it means that I get to create new memories and share new experiences. I don't even want to think about leaving these kids for the summer. That's probably the toughest thing I will face as a teacher; leaving my students every year and have to make new connections with a whole new set of kids that are nothing like the old ones. That's something I'm not looking forward to. Anyways, I love this class and I will carry all of the life lessons I've learned with me forever. We haven't spent much class time together because It's been so crazy, however when we do have class I think it would be beneficial for us to learn about lesson plans, how to deal with troubled students, beneficial classroom set ups, how to stimulate learning, and basically things about what would help make a classroom run smoothly and efficiently. I guess we are learning that a little bit on our own, but it would be nice to know your opinion and advice. Thank you for being so supportive and understanding throughout this whole semester. I can't wait for next semester!

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  3. When reflecting on this semester of student teaching I realize there is so much that I have learned, about teaching yes; but also about myself. I have been pushed beyond my comfort zone, and I have grown as a teacher immensely. It is hard for me to only talk about a couple of the takeaways that I have gained from this semester!
    First i’ve learned the importance of not getting consumed by the details…..I was so excited for my first lesson. It was over pas-de-bourrĂ©es retirĂ© and I had a detailed lesson plan in hand, down to the minute. I rehearsed it beforehand and learned the script. I was ready for my debut performance.
    What had slipped my mind was that maybe the students wouldnt be cooperative with my lesson plan. Some of them were visibly bored after the first few minutes of what I thought was an engaging lesson. Girls complaining that they didnt WANT to dance today, half way through I questioned if a growth mind set lesson was to be considered. As I pushed on, I knew that I had lost the interest of most of the kids. By the end of the lesson, it felt like my rehearsal again — I was all alone. What I didn’t realize then is that being prepared does not mean being inflexible. Instead I shouldve had the right preparation in place to enable flexibility: a learning objective, the content of the lesson, and the physical materials needed for class.
    Ive also learned the importance of strong connections with the students. I have always believed forming strong relationships with students is needed order to create the best learning environment for them, but I was able to truly see the value of this throughout the semester. I was able to see the growth of my relationships with them from day to day over the course of the semester. I was honestly intimidated working with older students, but I worked hard to get to know them as individuals. I have loved getting to know each of my students likes, dislike, strengths, and weaknesses. I believe that this has helped me better teach them and has made my classroom a happier place to learn!



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  4. I have learned a lot this semester being able to go observe and help out in a classroom at Chisholm. When I was first put into a science class, I thought I would hate it because science was hard for me in 8th grade. To be honest, I didn't know much back then but ever since I have been in Mrs. Field's class, I have learned so much (again). I have a great mentor teacher, the experience has been awesome. This semester, I have been kind of quiet in my class, so next semester I'm hoping to interact with all the students more. Being able to go to chisholm has been such a privilege, and there are some days that are super fun. However, one thing I don't like too much about going to my field site is sometimes my teacher doesn't have anything for me to do, so I either have to just observe or I get sent to another classroom and that gets kind of frustrating. But overall, I like my mentor teacher and going to my field site.

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  5. Looking at everything I have learned and accomplished at Chisholm, I would say it was a successful semester. My favorite thing about being in the class was building a relationship with the students and learning new things on the way about English. I enjoyed seeing how Ms. Larkin taught, so I can use her teaching skills as I grow as an intern. One thing I did not enjoy while at the school was the large amount of free time I had, because I would get bored. I liked being busy and doing things even if it was just grading papers. Something I would like to improve on for next semester is to work with the students more and take on a higher roll, because I feel some students do not treat me as an intern. I believe this is because I am still in high school, but I would like to work more with the students as a teacher role. One high as a intern was doing my lesson plan, because I got to teach stage directions to the students and it was really rewarding. One low was helping the students with poems, because I am not good at analyzing poems. Something I would change about our class together would be different lessons to bring up our confidence or a go over teaching skills. I would like to learn more about lesson plans, so I have a good layout on what I am supposed to do. Overall it was a good year and I am excited to learn new things next semester. -kennedy

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  6. Natalie Neidig

    Looking back at this semester it has been a pretty good experience overall. One high I have is the relationships I've built with the students in my class as well as the teachers in my class. I love knowing each of my kids on a personal level and that I know their individual potential. I honestly don't have a low, I really enjoy my class. At first I didn't like the fact I only had 4 kids, but now I would prefer 4 over 30 kids, personally. The main thing I could definitely work on is knowing what to do in certain situations, such as when they kids get frustrated that they can't communicate something across to me. I have really enjoyed learning more about children with special needs and how their mind works. I honestly didn't have that much knowledge prior to this internship. As for what I haven't enjoyed, again, there isn't really anything. I absolutely LOVE my teachers and my kids. I think I can not let senioritis hit me as much as it has this semester, especially when I'm getting closer to graduating. I'll try to be better about turning my stuff in on time (like I'm doing right now with this blog post haha). I would just like to learn in general more about children with special needs. Talking to my teacher during the interview, she told me it took her 6 years of teaching just to feel comfortable with any situation that comes her way, so there's definitely a lot to learn.

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  7. This semester at Great Oaks has taught me so much. I've learned that I really want to be a teacher now because I love teaching kids new things. I love when a kid isn't understanding what the teacher is teaching but then I explain it to them and they understand it. Something I need to improve on is being more comfortable talking in front of all the kids at once and having better relationships with them.

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  8. This semester at Great Oaks has really been an experience--a good one. I'm so happy that we get the opportunity to do this before we go to college to really see if we would want to become a teacher and be behind-the-scenes. I've had highs like students giving me "fill my bucket" notes and seeing kids grow because of something I made or said to them. However, I've also had some lows like seeing kids get frustrated because they don't understand a concept in a subject. I could improve on inserting myself and not being so shy to the students and my teacher. I need to be more confident in myself and my abilities. I've really enjoyed being behind the scenes in teaching, but I've been doing lots of busy work in a sense, but it's not intentional from my teacher. I hope I can become more assertive in my time there and turn it from quantity to quality and quantity time at Great Oaks with my fourth grade class.

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  9. Teresa Avogaro
    This semester has been really eye-opening for me. The best part has definitely been getting to know the teachers and the job/ role of a teacher itself. I have had many highs from the kids hugging me every 20 minutes and wanting to learn and listen to what I say, and some lows such as a kid busting his chin open and some of my kiddos getting frustrated with some of the concepts. I could improve by working on my confidence when it comes to taking ownership and leading the class well. I like how welcoming the first grade teachers have been really welcoming and accepting of me. Some days it's harder for me to focus when I am there because of outside things going on which makes some days harder than others. I think our class time together has been really helpful for me. I hope to improve my confidence and grow and connect with each of my kiddos and my teacher as well.

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  10. Reflecting on my internship experience so far, I can definitely say it has been a great experience that has taught me a lot this semester. There were many highs, like going from being nervous just to read my “All About Me” flyer to the class to reading a chapter of their book daily to them no problem, getting to lead small groups and watching kids finally start to understand a concept they struggled with, and so much more. It’s honestly really hard to think of lows because I’ve truly had such a great evperience at Great Oaks and even the days I spent in the teacher workroom grading papers and laminating posters were enjoyable because I felt like I was getting the experience of a teacher. One low though would probably be when I don’t know how to handle a situation. Even though third graders are more mature than the younger grades, they’re still young enough that they start will start crying because someone “isn’t their friend” so they don’t want to have to work with or talk to them, and things like that. Usually I can try to console them, but my mentor teacher sometimes will have to come over and talk to them in the hallway or figure out something to do. Something I could improve on is being more stern sometimes and not being scared to tell the kids to do or not to do something because I don’t want them to not like me. My mentor teacher has told me sometimes you can’t always be the nice guy and you have to raise your voice so they will listen to you and behave. I have really enjoyed getting to work with students in the hallway in small groups because I get that practice of teaching a group of kids. I also like getting to sit with the kids at lunch, so I can hear about how their weeks been and understand if they’re upset about something why, and just get to know them better so I can relate to them more in my lessons and helping them one-on-one. One thing that could have been done differently about our class time together would be spending more time learning about different teaching styles and techniques, how to handle situations in the classroom, and just other things that could prepare us more for teaching now at our internship and in the future.

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  11. Looking back at this semester, I have learned so much. One high this semester has been getting to know the kids and forming bonds with each one of them. All of the students are unique and wonderful in their own ways, and I have enjoyed really meeting them. The only sort of low I've had is the amount of time I am in the workroom and away from the class. However, this helps give me the full experience of being a teacher. Something I could improve on next semester is being more involved in the class as a whole. I typically help groups of students, but next semester I want to do activities and help teach various concepts to the entire class. The time I've spent getting to know each kid has been amazing and I've learned so many things from both the students and my mentor teacher. Although, some days aren't perfect I wouldn't change anything about this semester.

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  12. There was multiple high and lows this semester. One being my first day at my school I had to deal with a situation with some of my students in my class, and I wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing and handling the situation the best I could. But there were more highs then lows. One of my favorite was when I was reading to Eric and he expressed how happy he was for me to be helping me and, me being there. Next semester I think I can get better at working with the students like when they get in arguments or altercations with one another. I've really enjoyed working with them and when they get stuck on something or need help spelling something. I haven't liked how the classroom when I come in seems hectic and like everything's all over the place. I think time management could be fixed in our class. also reinforcement when they get distracted.

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  13. I have learned so much this semester!! The best part has, of course, has been meeting my class and getting to know my student. they are so cute and i literally love them. I honestly can't say iv'e had a low. This semester had just been so great. I think i can improve on my interaction with the students in a more teacher way and not just as an older person in the classroom. One thing i want to learn is how to make a lesson plan because i feel that's a really important skill to know.

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  14. Madison Meyer
    This semester has been very important and meant a lot to me. I got to learn so much about the aspects of teaching and what it really means to be a teachers. I grew so many relestionships with my class and learned all the different ways they learn and how my teacher adapts to that. My highs were growing with students and watching them understand and expand their learning. My lows were probaby when I wasnt mentally ready to be there with them and didnt have my ind right for them. Ive really enjoyed teaching them and getting to know them, I havent really enjoyed the book work that comes with being a teacher, not always fun stuff. I could improve on being there and preparing myself better. Im very excited for next semester and cant wait to learn so many new things.

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  15. Maddison Labrie

    My semester so far has been pretty good and very educational. The best part has been getting the students to trust me and treat me like a teacher not their friend. The low of my semester has been grading their papers and have seen no progress throughout this semester. I can improve on my one on one skills and make sure to ask for questions about their reading. One thing I want to learn is how to teach the students in a in depth way to have them retain the information.

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  16. Savannah Wilder
    Looking back at the semester I have really enjoyed this experience. It is genuinely hard to put into words how much I love and care for these kids. Everyday I go in they just get more and more excited to see me and it makes my day every time. Some of the highs I have had are when there was a substitute one day the kids were really down because it was a Friday and they were missing Mrs. Marcotte and I came in and everyone came and gave me a hug and it was the sweetest thing. All their faces lit up and it was amazing. Another high is when a substitute was explaining to them how to write there letters home and she was using me as an example and saying how she would start it with dear Miss. Wilder and then said thank you for all you do and all the kids agreed and were like yeah! thank you so much we love you! I really haven't had any downs. I love the kids to pieces and never feel down. I would like to engage more in the teaching aspect next semester. I feel like I help them after the instruction are given but I want to try and help before that happens. Overall I have had an amazing experience and really don't want to leave this beautiful kiddos.

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  17. Andrea A.
    I've enjoyed this experience a lot,and I look forward to it every B day. As expected, there have been highs like the joy of getting to know my students and helping them learn my native language, as there have also been lows such as my inevitable anxiety when I'm about to read out loud or teach something to them as a class. However, there are many many more highs than lows, and my students are the sweetest. I also really enjoy having two classes because each one is so different (in a good way, of course). Next semester I'll be trying to improve on talking more to my students and showing more initiative.

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  18. I have loved this experience especially since I gotta do it 2 years in a row. my class is definitely a lot different than last year since I was in 8th grade last year and 1st grade this year. they have so much energy and they are always so excited to see me. next semester im trying to improve on my social skills with my teacher and being more talkative and social with my class

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  19. Alyssa Klassen

    This experience has been so fun and interesting , i love being able to be in a classroom with the kids. It’s so fun watching the students grow and learn as individuals. something I really want to work on is being able to take charge of the class because when my teacher asks me to do it I get shy and never know what to say.

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  20. Allison Garcia
    This semester has been amazing! I have learned so much about teaching and the role of a teacher. The highs are getting to know the students. Also watching how much they have grown and learned through this semester. The lows is the anxiety. I still get nervous when I’m about to read out loud or teaching something in front of the whole class. I can improve on making connections and helping all of the students. Rather than going to the same ones. Also building up my confidence and leading the class more. Overall, it has been exciting and I am so glad I get the opportunity to do this.

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  21. I love working with the 5th graders. I've been able to connect with them and build relationships. I wish that I was able to be there for more lessons instead of study hall so I could do more than walk around and make sure they´re working.

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  22. I love working with 6th graders. The only thing that was a struggle was getting them to ask me questions if they needed help. They were very shy. It took them a good month before they got used to me being there and realized I am there to help not to scare them. The only thing I would like to be different is everyone being able to open up to me the way the rest of them did. Other than that they are amazing.

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  23. Kallie Lopez
    Looking back at this semester I feel I have learned so much! I love my first graders, but I've learned mrs.Dixon is an absolute rockstars dealing with 18 crazy first graders all day everyday. My students have been awesome since the beginning, they have become more comfortable with me and are super outgoing when it comes to sharing about their days with me. I have grown in my confidence around the kids and being in front of a class teaching about things they will take into their future education. I have no complaints and I love it!

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  24. Lea C
    So far this year has been amazing. My lesson was one of the best moments because I was so worried about it, but it went really well. I think I could work on interacting with the younger kids. I could also improve on taking charge. I have really enjoyed working with different grade levels but I also wish I had a class to get to know really well. I'd like to learn more about lesson plans and managing a classroom.

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  25. Celicia C
    So far this year surprised me and I say this because when I first went to the elementary the class wanted to just to talk to their friends and not an intern because I mean their 5th graders they want to be on their own. Then 2 weeks later they started to open up to me and I loved it! I would say I need to turn my assignments on time as an improvement. I really enjoyed knowing each one of my students personality. Not only that I am very excited to watch them grow.

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  26. This semester has been sooooo fun! One of the main favs are getting to see these kids grow. My only low is that I have been running low on energy by the time I'm done. I want to improve by bringing things or finding something to work on to help me keep occupied.

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  27. This semester has been really good. I enjoyed working with the students and making connections with them and the teacher. I do wish that I was there for more class time instead of study hall because a lot of the time I am walking around while the students work.I do think it is really cool how they call me Ms. Murphy when they need help on something. Next semester I hope to be more on top of things so I don´t get as flustered near the end.

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  28. This semester has been good. Iv'e connected with some many students, Iv'e learned to handle some situations with students on behavior or feelings on things. I think for nect semester I need to learn to open up more and not be as shy around the students. I hope to learn more things and meet new kids. I wish that it could be where I could see the older grades such as 3rd, 4th, 5th grade classes.

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