After having two days worth of observation in the school I will be completing my pre-internship experience in, I am feeling nervous and excited. I am nervous because I now know that my experience will not be like I had anticipated. I do not have one co-op teacher and one subject area. I have four different teachers who all specialize in different subject areas. However, despite this feeling of nervousness, I am excited to learn from all of my co-op teachers, the students, and the rest of the school about what it is like to be a teacher. I have set myself three goals for my experience that I hope to complete in order to make my experience more successful. They are as follows:
Goal #1: Take Chances
My pre-internship experience is going to be different than I had anticipated. I thought I would mostly be in a health class, since that is my major. However, I have four co-op teachers and will be planning for health, psychology, English, and environmental science. When I first found this out, I was overwhelmed, and I still am. However, learning this has also made me set myself the goal of “taking chances”. Even though I might not be comfortable with psychology, English, or environmental science, I am not going to let it hold me back. I am going to try and plan engaging lessons, and all I can hope for is that I learn from them. I know that my co-ops will help me in any way, so I want to take this opportunity to try something new without being scared to fail.
Goal #2: Stay Organized
I have already become overwhelmed with the amount of work I find myself having to get done. Between planning for four different subject areas, going on an out of school trip each week, and having university assignments on top of that, I am having difficulties finding time to get it all done. My goal is to stay organized, and get my lessons and homework done at least a day before it is due. I have the tendency to do everything last minute. Having everything done a day before will lower my stress levels, and will give me more time to review the lessons I am implementing.
Goal #3: Ask Questions
The third goal I have set for my pre-internship is to ask questions. I generally do not like to ask a lot of questions, but I think this is a great opportunity that I have to take full advantage of. My goal is to ask at least 3 questions each day, and write down the responses. I think that by asking questions to different people within the school, whether it is my co-op teachers, students, or other staff members at the school, I will be able to improve my teaching skills. I plan on using this information to help shape the teacher I become, so the more I learn, the better.
I am looking forward to this experience and hope that these goals help to guide me in a successful and positive experience.