Well let’s start at the beginning. I have this opportunity to learn instruction from the ground and can’t say up because there is lateral movement not just up. This post is going to focus on a couple activities that have occurred in the last 8-10 days within the construct on my internship.
My most significant insight has been in observation of a variety of professionals and how different each approaches the process of “being a teacher.” I in a reflective mode see it as a vocation as in other fields where the participant or teacher must be fully aware of their being and their responsibility to the student at all times. I must admit I wish there was more time for observation because I gain more insight the more exposure to teachers about the process, failures, and successes.
The most stressful times has been the demo done during the Monday meetings. The first was a Scout tool demo done in the time constraints of 5 minutes…whew where did the time go and what do I cover? Really felt under rapid fire and couldn’t remember what I said or if I covered what was needed. The second demo was a active learning session(5 minutes again!!!!) for keywords. That I felt was a big improvement over the first time and felt a little more comfortable. The active part was a difficult process for me as I spent all weekend trying out various methods. In the end used index cards.
The finale of this time frame was co-teaching with Karlie love her. Received great feedback from her on some definite areas of improvement and successes. My portion was to cover Scout, so the practice 5-minute demos really help prepare me and provided prospective from observing Rob (fellow intern) to borrow some best practices. I felt like I lost control of my time and didn’t get in-depth enough. I can see that improvement is all that can happen. I look forward to embodying, emulating, and learning what “teaching” actual means to me.