Rebecca F.

July 20th – August 13th (36.73 hours) – During the internship program I have had to face a few challenges at my internship. Sometimes I have to watch the class so Mrs. Murphy, my mentor, can step out of the room for a minute and sometimes the kids do not take me seriously so I have to speak up louder so they can hear me and they look up to me like an adult not just a friend. I got to read to the students on August 6th and that was very exciting because when I was reading I really got to put my feet in the shoes of a teacher and I can tell I really want to be a teacher. I was never late any of the days but when I get there the teachers are usually ending their planning period so we go and get the kids from the specific specials they are in for that day. This experience has been so amazing because I never really knew exactly what teachers do and how they work until I started to shadow a teacher and realized all of the things that they have to do. Such as sharpen over 100 pencils or cut paper, or grading DMS. Honestly, this has been so fun and I have only been doing it for 4 weeks now.

I want to learn how to be better in the business world from Mrs. Wahl. From her I want to learn how to properly schedule events and how to communicate with new people like we have known them for a while. I also want to learn how to be able to have an idea of something I want to do and go through with it, such as calling my mentor and applying for more jobs in the future. I want to learn how to be the best first grade teacher I could possibly be from Mrs. Murphy, my mentor. She will teach me how to speak with the kids when they are not listening or what to do in a bad situation when I myself would not particularly know what to do. I also want her to teach me not to be so nervous in front of the children and how to be silly and goofy with them during story time and during class time.

Something I have learned as a professional is you might need to be the tough person as a teacher sometimes and be strict with the kids when you ask them to do something over and over again. I learned that it is okay to seem like the bad guy for a minute and that they are kids and will forgive you but to also praise them on the little good behaviors they do show. I also learned in the professional world that it is good to know everyone because if you need help it is good to call someone and ask for that help. That kind of goes in with student life too because I have learned that it is okay to ask questions when you are confused on something. I also have been keeping a planner for all the homework I get and everything I get so that I can keep up to date with everything that is going on in class. I think the biggest thing this program has taught me is that it is okay to make mistakes we just need to think of what kind of mistakes they are and if we can get over them without it being a huge deal.

August 14th – August 27th (12.45 hours) – One meaningful experience that happened these last two weeks at the internship program was when I got to, at my sight, help 10 kids to read better. I got to sit down with them one at a time and go through 2 chapters in a books, very short chapters, and have them read it to me and if they struggled then I would help them to figure out what that word was they were stuck on. This experience was a very good experience for me and the kids because it got me more comfortable with the few that I sat down with and then it got me more experience working with kids who struggle on things. It was also a good experience for the kids too because they got to have one on one time with me and they got a little extra help if they needed it. I learned that sometimes when a kid is struggling it is sometimes best to just step back and let them sound out the words or let them figure it out before you jump in and say the answer. I also learned that when working with little kids people need to be patient. These last few weeks have been an amazing experience with the kids and the teacher.

August 28th – September 10th (8.15 hours) – Well I was sick for the first week of the two week logs so I did not get to do anything fun or interesting that week. When I got back though I got to help out with students in the pod. We would sit out there and learn our numbers up to 200. I would help 3 students at a time and have them cut out that much paper and glue it into a bigger piece of paper. I think this really helped me to be more patient because I would have some advanced kids in my group and some kids that needed a little more help. This would help me be patient in the fact that I needed to not get upset with the kids that struggled a little and explain the activity to them a different way so they understand it. I also got to help out the other first grade teacher with making a red white and blue banner for an assembly they are going to have. This helped me because I had to get out of the comfort zone of my mentors room and go to another teachers room.

I am expected to be a really polite and respectful person at my site. I should always be ready to help kids and have an answer for everything. All of the other teachers at the school are very nice and they always have a smile on their face and help kids out who are not in their class. I am also expected to be walking around the classroom and making sure that all of the students are doing what they need to be doing. Mrs. Murphy expects me to be a polite adult to all of the kids when they are sad or confused on a topic. I should not be yelling at anybody or starting drama around the school. I am supposed to be acting like an adult and treat everyone else around me the same way I want to be treated.

I believe this is a natural fit for my personality and conduct. I am always respectful to the teachers and I always have a smile on my face for the kids. I think that this fit is perfect because I always meet the expectation that my mentor has for me. I help every kid in need even if they are from a different class or even a different grade. I always show up with a big smile on my face and get the work done that my mentor asks of me. Sometimes I do believe I am not the happiest to the children for example I will not smile for a minute but I am always happy I just forget to smile. I always hug the kids when they ask me for hugs. I also treat everyone equally on the playground when I have to watch them I do not show favoritism to any of the kids.

A new word I learned these last two weeks was the state standards. I heard this because when I get to my internship everyday the teachers are in a planning period talking about the standards for the weeks to come. It is required for every teacher to have these classroom standards posted somewhere in their room where it is obvious what it is.

September 11th – September 24th (9.1 hours) – In these last two weeks a lot has happened. I got to meet our really nice student teacher who is working with the class every Wednesday and she is very nice. I also got to help with setting up for the writing benchmarks and all of the other benchmarks by sharpening pencils and making sure everything was good to go for all of the tests. Everyday I went in I would help each student with the work they were doing but the last two weeks has been a lot of testing so it has not been anything too interesting of fun to report. I am happy to say though that I had my site visit on Friday, the 21st and that was amazing. I was so happy to share everything I have done the past few month with Mrs. Polivchak and let her know everything I am doing. On Friday also, I got to help with the movie day the students were having so that was also a lot of fun.

Standardized tests is a vocab term I have learned since starting my internship. This is tests given to the students once a week or every couple of weeks to see where they stand in the way of learning abilities. This is taught on a weekly bases and I have not been able to see a test given yet but I should be able to soon.

September 25th – October 8th (7.22 hours) – These last two week I did not get to go to my internship as much as I would have liked to. The only day I was able to go to my internship sight was September 26. This was intersection day for the first graders. It was a pretty amazing experience because I know when I am a teacher I might be asked to do these such things also. I got to help with specific kids and I got to help these kids read from books to see which kids needed more help and give them more experience reading to an adult. I also got to help with the projects the kids were doing and make sure they put specific things in the right places. This was a really fun and amazing experience.

At my internship tight I use in-person conversation with my mentor and the other first grade staff members. Outside of my internship sight I tent to use texting with my mentor when I know I cannot be there or I might be late. In-person communication is appropriate for this situation because I am in a room with my mentor for at least 2 hours 3 times a week and it is very important that we communicate in-person. I do not know how to make this explanation any long so I apologize if I get penalized in any way for it not being 6 sentences.

I believe that at my site I am using the appropriate method of communication because if I did not use this form of communication it would be kind of awkward. My mentor and I are in the same room for a long time and we need to communicate to each other in-person because with are with each other in person. We talk to each other every time that I am there in order to tell each other what one person needs to do or she gives me instruction on the daily routine or what has been going on the days I am not at my site. We communicate in person because we are in person. So, I believe I am executing my communication pretty well.

Daily learning objective is a vocabulary term I have learned these last couple weeks. This means the thing that the students learn every day in class. So it starts as “today we will…” every single day. Some days it is a different learning objective but the learning objective goes along with the state standards they are also learning at the same time. This is so the students can properly pass the tests.

October 9th – October 22nd (0 hours) – These last two weeks I did not get to go to my internship because they were on fall break. I wish I could have gotten to go and experience more with the first graders. I did see one of the first graders outside of Esmond station and that was a surprise but it was nice to see her. Something I have learned over the entire first quarter of being at my internship is that I need to be patient. These kids are just in first grade and do not understand things like adult do. I need to learn to breathe and explain more thoroughly so that they better understand it. These first graders have really taught me to be a better person over all and to just take every day as it goes. They are so open minded and so sweet and make going to my internship everyday a real treat and are always so happy to see me.

Anticipatory set is an in industry specific vocabulary term. This is something used as the objective for the day. This is used to get the kids ready to learn every single day.

October 23rd – November 5th (0 hours) – These last two weeks I was unable to go because I was out due to a surgery. I talked to my mentor and decided I would only go every Friday for the rest of the semester since I have met my required hours. I love every time I get to go it is such an amazing experience and the children always make me feel welcome. I am so happy I got to be a part of the Vail Internship program and I got to go into a class that I want to eventually go to college for. I have learned so many new things. I should be returning to Esmond in the next couple of weeks once I am all cleared by my doctor.

Once I had to interact with the other first grade teachers. I had to help cut out papers for a construction paper rope thing the classes were making. Due to this I had to go and talk to the other first grade teachers. I also talk to them every time I go into my internship. They are always really sweet and they treat me with respect every time. We both initiate the communication and we both keep talking to each other. We enjoy talking and it gives me good experience talking to workers.

When I go into my internship I talk to the first grade helper. She helps to sort out the papers and put things into the kids folders. We talk almost every time I go because we like to catch up and see how each other are doing. I also talk to the first grade teachers like this too. We like to make jokes and have a good time when I go. I also do not know if this counts but another “coworker” I talk to is Danielle Crain, we talk and catch up and talk about Esmond and see what each other is doing in the other classes.

An industry specific vocab word is direct instructions. These model the objective. The direct instructions model what the students will be doing before they need to go on and do practice with those topics.

November 6th – November 19th (4 hours) – I have only been going to my site every Friday but since I have been out of surgery I have only been able to go for 2 Fridays now. The first Friday I went back was really amazing. All of the little kids made me cards and they had earned a pizza party it was really great to be back so that Friday was just a chill day. The next Friday I went was also amazing. I got to help a few kids with a site word game so that they could get more practice outside of their reading groups. I only got to play the game with 3 kids but they all enjoyed it and seemed to have a really good time.

In the beginning of the semester my mentor and I sat down and came up with a schedule of me coming into my internship site 3 times a week. I would come on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I believe my mentor would think we both did a good job coming up with a schedule that benefited the both of us. When I knew I was not going to be able to make it to my internship site I would message her. I did a very good job messaging her every time I was gone. I only missed days if I really felt I needed to. I would say I stuck to my schedule until I reached above 62 hours and then I started going on Fridays every week this way I could still see everyone but I did not get too many hours and I could focus on my school work.

During the first semester I was able to maintain above a 3.0 GPA. I was able to maintain all of my homework and still get above my needed hours in the internship program. It was really easy for me to keep all of my grades up while I still went to my internship site because I only went 3 times a week or 1 time a week and it was only until 4:00 at the latest. I have been able to turn in all of my assignments and if I missed an assignment it was my fault not the fault of my internship. I believe that this semester I did a good job overall with keeping up my grades while getting all of my hours for my internship program. Next semester though, I think I am going to get more hours in the weeks so I might go in for more than three times a week because it is a shorter semester.

Closure is a word I have heard a lot at my internship site. It is pretty much a test or an activity that the teachers do with their students to make sure they have learned and understand the material. Teachers sometimes do a closure activity before a test to make sure the students will pass the test.