I always write stuff down with a pen and paper and keep everything in binders... Never been big into typing or online work, but I do enjoy being able to document my writing and experiences in a place where I won't lose it.
So, I want to write a few blog posts about my experiences, learning, and reflecting that has taken place during my pre-internship placement.
For those who do not know, I am placed in a community school for my pre-internship and I am working with a grade five/six split class. These kids are at about a grade one-three level for the most part, so this makes teaching them grade five and six content challenging. Getting to know each student has helped a lot in how I can approach teaching and I continue to learn what works and what doesn't work every single day.
I have built strong relationships with each student and I feel like three weeks is just enough time to build trust... just in time to leave them. I am very sad to be leaving this class because of the relationships that have been built. These students are coming from some tough backgrounds and they come into the school hardened and angry a lot of the time... some times not having eaten since the last time they were at school or not sleeping at night for many reasons... It has been a challenge to reach some of them. The rewards of being able to engage students who don't want to be in the classroom and to see them light up when something interests them is so incredible. I feel as though this experience has even more so solidified my desire to teach. I am so passionate about being in the lives of children and being someone they can come to when they are in need. Not only this, but I love being able to teach students and try new things with them and watch learning take place.. education is so powerful and I truly believe we have the greatest and most important profession in the world.