Happy New Year and welcome to the fifth year of publication for The Monday eMemo . The eMemo started off with a subscription list of 80 in 2007 and with this year’s inaugural issue, our numbers have increased to 1948 readers!
A warm welcome to all new readers and a special welcome to B. Ed. students beginning their internships tomorrow, January 4th; we wish you a very successful internship. All B. Ed. students, both Intermediate/Secondary and Primary/Elementary cohorts, doing their internships in the winter semester should be receiving this eMEMO; if you know of any B. Ed students who are not receiving this publication, please advise them to email the editor at the email address at the end of page 2. All email addresses of this 2011 internship group were recently entered into the listserv; if your name was missed, please email the editor. And, of course, new members are always welcomed and may sign up also by emailing the editor.
WHY AN eMEMO
Started 5 years ago, the purpose of this publication is to hopefully bridge that gap between BEd students’ fall semester and their internships during the winter semester. This publication will include information on good teaching, some humorous and some otherwise, and will also serve as a medium for intern students to comment on their experiences during their internships. Positive, negative and all points in-between, it is important that this information be shared with fellow interns. And, for obvious reasons, the names of interns and their schools will be kept anonymous.
Take a couple of weeks to get oriented and then you’re invited and encouraged to forward to the editor comments on your internships to date. An MS Word attachment to your email or comments directly in your email text would be welcomed.
SAMPLES OF TEACHER INTERN SUBMISSIONS FROM LAST YEAR
The Power of Planning & Preparation
I am doing my internship with a wonderful group of Grade 1 students. The thing I have observed in my first 2 weeks on my internship is the power of planning and preparation. It is essential to have your day planned out and to have all the materials on hand, organized and ready to go. When the teacher is notprepared and organized, the attention of the students is lost and it may not be an easy task to get the students back on track once you have already lost them.I have also seen that getting to know your students is essential to knowing how to help them learn and to assess their progress. Knowing all their names is one thing but knowing each one’s personality and their learning potential is also a very important factor in knowing how to help them learn. (Vol. 4 # 3, Jan. 17, 2010). (Primary/Elementary Intern) I Do Get Mistaken For a Student Sometimes My internship so far has been a really great experience. The biggest obstacle has been the curriculum, it’s so different than what I had studied in the previous semester. But I am getting it and finding it rather interesting. Another unique thing about my school is the random class sizes, one class I am working in has 5 students and another 22. The kids for the most part are well behaved and really respectful. Although I do get mistaken for a student sometimes, mainly because I work with the year 10, 11 and 12 students. Another distinctive thing about my internship, is having to teach students who don’t speak or understand a lot of the English language. It will definitely help me become a more creative educator. It’s also really refreshing having a great co-operating teacher from the UK who has a unique teaching style. (Vol. 4 # 3, Jan. 17, 2010)(Intermediate/Secondary Intern) What Have I Got Myself IntoMy initial impression was: “What have I got myself into? Can I really do this? Me, a teacher?” My first few days here were an adjustment to say the least. It seems that adjusting is a running theme in my life right now but being here, in this school, in this province, has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase “fish out of water.” However, I have soldiered on, delivered a few lessons, corrected a few assignments and papers and am beginning to feel at ease with my decision to become a teacher. I was correcting papers the other night at home and commented to my significant other that “I could really see myself liking this,” which felt great to say out loud. My relationship with my co-operating teachers has been progressing for we are at the point of sarcastic remarks (which I am quite at home with)! I have been learning much from them and look forward to teaching the 10-1’s once the second semester begins. Overall, this has been a positive experience that has challenged me in various ways. Now, if I could only do something about the shortage of time as the responsibilities of an intern do not end at the sounding of the last bell. Welcome to being a teacher. (Vol. 4 # 5, Jan. 31, 2010). (Intermediate/Secondary Intern)
WANTED: A TUTOR FOR GEOGRAPHY 1202 STUDENT
This student has a learning disability and is really struggling with Geography 1202 (Canadian Geography). If Social Studies is one of your teachables and you are interested in helping this level one (Grade 10) student, please contact Ms. Barbara O’Donnell (firstname.lastname@example.org); her office telephone number is 864-8599.
OTHER SUBMISSIONS ENCOURAGED
We’re always looking for “copy” for the eMEMO. Submissions from the following are welcomed: teachers who have been teaching for a few years or for more than a few years; school administrators; school board personnel; students; parents; Faculty of Education instructors to name just a few.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE (PART 1)
“Boy! If we learn from our mistakes, today should have made me pretty smart!”
ADVICE FOR YOU AS A TEACHER INTERN
These “Top Ten Tips for Student Teachers” are available online at http://712educators.about.com/od/teachingstrategies/tp/stuedntteaching.htm
- Be on time. [Arriving early is highly recommended.]
- Dress appropriately. [I think this means “professionally”.
Business-casual seems to be the “order of the day” and by
that is meant dress pants/skirts – dress shirts/blouses – no
blue jeans or t-shirts – no sneakers!]
- Be flexible.
- Follow the school rules.
- Plan ahead.
- Befriend the office staff.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Don’t gossip.
- Be professional with fellow teachers. And lastly,
- Don’t wait to the last minute to call in sick.
Have a look at this web-site for further elaboration on each of the above points.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE (PART 2)
“It seems his hunger for knowledge went on a diet.”
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE (PART 3)
“I, too, didn’t think that cats ate homework.”
That’s it for this first issue.
Best wishes, interns, on your first day tomorrow and your first week. We realize that you’re going to be a little apprehensive starting off but that’s to be expected.