Well today was my last day of my 8 week internship! As I mentioned last week, it is definitely bittersweet. I will definitely miss coming into this classroom and seeing those sweet students every Wednesday. Over the past 8 weeks I have definitely learned a lot regarding teaching. Not only regarding things like lesson planning and management, but also things like where I want to be as a teacher in the future. I used to always imagine myself teaching Math and PE, and maybe another class to grade 7 to 9. However, now I really want to be in my own classroom where I get to teach students all (or most) of their classes. I also never thought I would want to teach kids as young as grades 5 & 6, but now I could not imagine not doing it. The students I teach are still so innocent and eager to learn. They still believe their teacher knows everything and act according (for the most part!). I think over this past 8 weeks I was truly spoiled by these students. Other than one or two who would ‘misbehave’ at times, this classroom was a dream to join. Students hanging on every word you said, and truly giving their full effort in everything they do. It was definitely a pleasure and privilege to be a part of this classroom, and I am definitely looking forward to rejoining them next semester!
As for my last lesson of teaching, Mrs. Aulie and I decided it would be fun to try out co-teaching. And, since it was our last day in the classroom, we thought we would keep things ‘light’ and fun, in the form of drama games! The kids loved these! The hardest thing by far was getting them to keep silent, but we were able to keep that under control with some clever ‘classroom management techniques’.
For the cherry on the teaching cake, our class went skating this afternoon, so I was finally able to showcase my ‘skills!’ Little did I know that half of my time would actually be spent tying skates! My poor hands are already in pain! When I finally did get on the ice it was so much fun! There was all skill of skaters from those who had never skated before to those who skate on a weekly basis. It was smiles all around though! One boy in particular, whom had never skated before, was so scared to get on the ice. When he did get on the ice, he caught on quickly how to balance and was soon slowly gliding across the ice. I could see how proud he was and how happy he was. I know I did not teach him math, or science, or something you learn in school, but I taught him the basics of how to skate. It was so rewarding seeing how happy he was! This was just the perfect way to end my 8 week block, because his smile and pride truly justified my decision in starting a new career – a teaching career!
I still have a lot to learn, but I know I am on the right track! Already looking forward to getting back into the classroom next semester. Until then….