Issue # 3 already – how time does fly! Interns, by now you’re hopefully becoming more comfortable in your new role. You’re encouraged to send in submissions about your experiences to date. With the semester 1 exam schedule starting later this week in most schools in this province, you’ll see another aspect of teaching – that of the formal evaluation process. You’ll probably have an opportunity to assist your co-operating teaching with marking exams, an experience which you may agree is perhaps easier and less stressful than writing the exams!
This week the eMEMO has a new feature aimed specifically at primary and elementary teacher interns; as primary and elementary teachers are always on the lookout for a good book to read to their students, this section will feature a book with a brief description along with the author’s name etc.
FEEDBACK FROM THIS YEAR’S INTERNS
Awesome My internship is AWESOME so far. I start teaching on my own tomorrow with grade seven French – I have my lessons all ready (took me 3 hrs to complete) but I’m so nervous! In the week that I’ve been here I have already started a ‘French Society’ at the school – 67 students signed up! (Intermediate/Secondary Intern) So far, so goodSo far so good with the internship; the students have been welcoming and receptive to my help and presence. I have experienced first hand the power of knowing student names and how this helps with classroom management, participation and relationship building (my thanks to my Education 4005 instructor for that!). I have spent a lot of time in thelabs with students and helping with review for upcoming midterm exams.Attendance is a real issue here and unexcused absences are an ongoing problem but other than that, no discipline issues. (Secondary Intern)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life. (Author Unknown)
FROM THE LITERATURE
Schooling is organized so that educational policies, curriculum and instruction are interpreted and enacted by teachers. Teachers are the human point of contact with students. All other influences on the quality of education are mediated by who the teacher is and what the teacher does. Teachers have the potential for enhancing the quality of education by bringing life to curriculum and inspiring students to curiosity and self-directed learning. And teachers can also degrade the quality of education through error, laziness, cruelty or incompetence. For better or worse, teachers determine the quality of education.
Reference: Clark, C. M. (1995). Thoughtful teaching. London: Cassell.
SOME MORE ADVICE FOR TEACHER INTERNS
- Promptness is critical.
- Dress professionally.
- Treat each child as an individual.
- Avoid gossip.
- Develop positive relationships with students.
- Attitudes are important.
- Show initiative.
- Use strategies for varying learning styles.
- Use positive comments as often as possible.
- Be a good role model in dress, action, and speech.
- Remember to smile.
- Respect the child and they will respect you.
- Model good cooperating techniques.
- Involve all students in the lesson.
- Use inflection when speaking.
- Make eye contact with students.
- Learn as much as you can from the students and cooperating teacher during this experience.
- Get to know the faculty and staff at the school.
- Keep parents informed on what is going on in the classroom and with their individual child.
- Remember all children can learn!
Source: College of Education, University of Louisiana (2006). A Handbook for Teacher Interns, Co-operating Teachers, School Administrators, and University Supervisors.
RECOMMENDED BOOK RESOURCE FOR PRIMARY & ELEMENTARY INTERNS
GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys
Written by: Bob Rackza
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
New York: Houghton Mifflin
When you’re a boy, nature and fun go together, all year long. The author-illustrator team captures the exuberance of splashing in puddles, climbing trees, skipping rocks, throwing snowballs and so forth. This book will appeal to all ages, suggesting high spirited ideas to the young and evoking humorous memories for older students. Written in haiku – “If this puddle could talk, I think it would tell me to splash my sister” – it is an excellent book to get students writing fun verse.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE (PART 1)
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE (PART 2)
“Well, if they asked me to come up with a substitute for a teacher, another teacher would be the last thing on my list!”.”
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE (PART 3)
“I’ve discovered you can change the font size of
this pencil just by sharpening it.”
That’s it for issue # 3.
As mentioned last week, yours truly is a huge Habs fan with a rather passionate dislike for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Last night they beat the Rangers by a score of 3-2 and of course what made the night even sweeter was the Leafs losing to the Flames by a score of 2-1!!!!!!!! For you Leafs’ fans, I just couldn’t resist that dig!