Wow! What a week! I had so much fun my first week of pre-internship. When I first when to my school for the first two days, I was so nervous and shy. It was so bizarre. I felt very timid in the school but I think that’s because it was my first time back in a high school as a teacher and not a student. My co-op teacher is great and I’m enjoying working with her so far.
For the first week, however, I fell into the teacher role once I began teaching. On Monday, there was a staff meeting so that was really neat to sit through and then I taught my first English lesson to a grade 10 class. I had a lot of fun doing an introductory game with them and soon we jumped into the lesson.
The next day I continued my lesson and then I was able to go sit in on a Drama lesson. I also sat in on an Art class with grade 9s and that was quite the experience. One student in this class was being disruptive and ended up leaving the classroom. My partner and I sat in shock because we had never seen that happen before. The teacher handled it well, however, as he followed the student out of the classroom to talk to him privately.
On Wednesday, I met with my adviser and I had so much bouncing teaching ideas off him and getting feedback from him. I will really enjoy working with him. My co-op teacher was not in class this day so we had a substitute. The students were really great with him, though, and they were great for both my partner and I. One problem that happened this day was that I was walking down the hallway with my partner and the substitute teacher and a student passed us and said “Hey girls!” and I responded with a “Hey!”. I know I shouldn’t have said that but I’m normally a polite person and I will say “Hi” back to people. It was an event to learn from, though.
Overall, I am enjoying my time at my school and I am getting into the position of being called a teacher and acting as such. So far, I am having a great experience!