When I saw that the kids learned to do things like wash the dishes, clean, and self advocate for themselves, I was slightly surprised since they're so young. I grew in these skills a lot when I became older, so this is why it struck me.
What struck me the most about my colleagues was how kind and sociable all the teachers were towards me. This created a nice and more comfortable environment for me, making me enjoy the work experience everyday.
There were a lot of licensing rules that could easily be violated it the field, such as leaving any cleaning supplies out would be a hazard to the children, and a licensing violation. I had to be extra careful and double check that everything was in its' right place before moving on to another task or leaving the classroom.
I'm excited about working with little kids, creating a friendly bond with them, and helping them learn.
I'm mostly worried about if anything serious such as an injury occurred at the school. It's a huge deal in my perspective and takes a lot of patience and tranquility.
How have you advocated for yourself during your internship, or seen advocacy demonstrated in other situations?
Throughout the class time, some children didn't make the right choices and acted out, disturbing other kids. These times of course made it difficult for the class to run smoothly, so I talked to the kids at times and helped them get their issues resolved. I've asked the teachers from the preschool and my mentor when I needed help with anything, and talked with them about my work, and the work the kids are doing.
I noticed that the kids were taught how to self-advocate already, seeing that they come to the teachers and ask them to help them with their work when it's needed. They speak up for themselves around other kids as well; if someone's bothering them, they'll definitely speak up for themselves.
Are you following the advice in "How to be an intern everyone remembers"? If so, how is it working out? If not, what are you going to start doing?
I haven't followed the advice from "how to be an intern everyone remembers", but I have been meeting all the teachers from the school and having friendly relationships with them, helping them out whenever I'm needed. I've connected with the kids as well and got comfortable with helping them on their work, setting up their beds for nap time, and preparing snacks they bring in, so they can eat. I believe that I'll be an intern they'll remember.
South Oceanside Elementary
I believe a typical work day at the elementary school is chaotic, but fun. There's a lot of tasks and organizing needed to be handled in each classroom, and all that work on top of engaging with the kids keeping them on track, and making sure they're all doing well in the classroom, A typical day here is a lot to handle, but worth it for the kids.
I think tardiness in unacceptable and absence becomes very stressful to both the kids, the substitute teachers, and the other teachers. When a teacher had a meeting they had to attend during the school day, the kids were a little upset and two substitutes had to come in and take over the class. The teacher's relationship with the students can really show when one or the other is missing. The substitutes had a lot to handle because of this, but I got to help clean, hang their work on the wall, and help the kids create their Mother's Day cards.
The dress code was much like the SLC attire that we have. It wasn't too formal, but not casual either. To me, that gives a sense of comfort, and at my school, that's the main dress code, so they can be comfortable while learning.
My career day experience was spectacular! I got the opportunity to interact with the kids, organize some of their work in the classroom, and I even witnessed the classroom environments of two different grades: kindergarten and 2nd grade. While I was observing the classrooms and seeing how differently each teacher taught, I realized that it takes a lot of patience and tolerance to deal with students who don't want to listen and disrupt the class.
While teaching math, I'm aware that every person is different when it comes to learning. Some are slow learners, don't understand the subject and need more time to master a subject, and some are quick to learn and grow fast in math. But to ensure that everyone in the class understands and follows, patience is key.
Proper communication is important for everything. In English class, we're taught how to communicate with others, each other, and reach out to the real world.
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