Adventures in Education: Internship Experience

For my internship experience I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Shaun Horsman at Emerald Ridge Elementary School in White City, SK. Shaun was an incredible cooperating teacher. His tutelage not only prepared me for teaching, but the life of teaching. Instead of blog reflections or writing things down on paper to share, I turned to Twitter to house my “sticky notes” of my experience at Emerald Ridge.

This is where it all began, my first tweet:

It was an intense start to my experience. My largest learning curve was lesson timing. Getting used to a new class time, 49 minutes vs. 60 minutes, took some getting used to. By the end of internship, my timing wasn’t perfect, but I became more conscious of the time and had the skills to make adaptations to ensure lesson objectives were always being met.

A lot about internship is about growth. I can say with honesty that growth is definitely something I experienced. Here is a copy of my first lesson taught in internship. This was where it all began.

As I moved forward I discovered that I had a lot to learn.

However, if there was a skill that every education class teaches us, but I did not appreciate until internship, that helped me through was reflection.

Growth comes in ups and downs. It’s all about working through the down times and reflecting upon things. As part of my professional goals I wanted to work hard on reflecting and being less hard on myself. I’m proud that I definitely saw growth on this goal as early on in my internship I turned self-criticism into self-awareness.

Part of what helps you work through tough times in internship is turning towards extra curricular. I was privileged to work with Sarah Baumgartner in assistant coaching the ERES Jr. Girls Volleyball team.

Moving deeper into internship, in my opinion, there comes a time that every intern starts to feel a little overwhelmed. To be honest, I believe that this is for proper growth. Every tough experience has growing pains. If you choose to fight through the challenges the results are incredible. If I can share any advice for up and coming interns it’s build up a network that you can reach out to for support. Having someone outside your school that you can talk to will go a long way in helping you achieve your goals. Thankfully, I leaned once again on Twitter.

As I moved forward along the tiring road that is internship I can say with certainty that I found myself. I found my love, my passion, my career… finally… this realization came late and was met with more challenges later, but looking back I’m so proud that I was able to figure out how much I love to teach.

My journey continued into my 3 week block. I learned, by far, the most about myself, my students, my coop, life in general, during this time. An unbelievable experience that I captured with as many tweets as I had time for.

Authentic Education:

Finding my stride, themed lessons are my thing:

Affirmation of my internship sentiments:

Parent Teacher Interview thoughts:

A science lesson that… well didn’t quite go as expected. What to do when a pepsi bottle blows up in your face.

Getting a chance to teach Gr. 5 science at ERES:

The culmination of my internship:

I made it. I walked the path that many have walked before and made it to the summit. It was an incredible journey. I know exactly what I want to be when I grow up: a teacher. There is nothing else I want to do as my career. This is not just a job for me, this is beyond a job, it’s my life, it’s my calling.

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