BC: How the Internship Changed Me This internship, I believe, changed me in a positive way. It furthered my desire to become a math teacher in the future. I learned many ways to teach and keep the students involved and interested in my lessons. Without the help of my cooperating teacher, Mr. Walton, I would be going into my college years blind. I am glad I got to experience the field of teaching before college. I now know many of the positives and negatives of teaching, and I know how to deal with many of the negatives I learned about. The different types of students were also introduced to me through this internship. In my class I had the intelligent lazy person, the talkative student, the know-it-all, the best friends, the athlete, and the shy student. I learned through this experience how to handle each of these types of students and their personalities. I am very glad to have had this experience and I hope to be able to become a great teacher in the future.
FC: Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow Internship | Zackary Gomes 8th Grade Geometry
1: Table Of Contents | 1. Seating Chart 2. Lesson Plan 4/27 3. Equipment/Technology 4. Student Who...INSPIRED...Me 5. Best Experience 6. Gift to the Class 7. Future Interns 8. Classroom Management 9. If I Could Change One Thing 10. Worst Experience 11. How the Internship Changed Me
2: Seating Chart Room 118 | The students were allowed to choose where they sat each day. This is because it is an upper level class with only eleven kids. Each group of desks was arranged in a way that every student could see the Smart Board at the front of the class, and so the teacher, Mr. Walton, could monitor everyone from his desk in the corner of the classroom.
3: Lesson Plan for April 27 | Lesson 73: Chapter 12 Review | Objectives: Review Lateral Area Review Surface Area Review Volume | This lesson plan was created so the students could review for the upcoming test. I personally loved the way I got to teach the kids. There were three types of reviews we did: a station review where the students walked around the class solving problems set up by Mr. Walton and me, a review where the students went to the Smart Board to check their answers, and a review game called dominoes where they would answer a question which would lead them to the next question until they got to the last one. The only thing I believe could have been better was if the students worked in their groups more during the station review; some students just ignored their group members and did their own thing at each station.
4: Equipment/Technology Used | classmarker.com: Mr. Walton used this website to make his quizzes and tests. | iPad: The students used the iPads as laptops on occasion. They took tests and quizzes on them. | Smart Board: The Smart Board was used by Mr. Walton in every lesson to show the kids the instructions for the day.
5: One Student Who...INSPIRED...Me. | One of the students in my class was struggling with a certain unit that we were learning. Brandee, the student, was having a tough time understanding, even after explanation by Mr. Walton. So, naturally I sat down to help her with what she wasn't understanding. Seeing the, at first, shock and then joy on her face when I sat by her and helped her through the problem reminded me of why I want to become a teacher.
6: My Best Experience | One day, Mr. Walton was unable to make it to class because of a meeting he had. So a substitute was there that day. This substitute was usually a science teacher, so most of the help for the students was given by me. As I was helping the students, I showed one of the kids, Brionna, a simple way to answer a problem on which she was stuck. She then began calling me "Mr. Math." This became my nickname to the students for the rest of the internship. I am glad that my students felt comfortable enough to give me a nickname, especially one with such a great meaning behind it.
7: My Gift to the Class | The last day i was at my internship I brought in cupcakes for the students in the class. I used this as a way of saying thank you to the students for cooperating so well while I was there. I also brought Mr. Walton a Mountain Dew, because I always noticed him drinking one during class.
8: Future VTfT Interns | ALWAYS listen to EVERYTHING your cooperating teacher tells you about ways to teach. This will help you on your day of teaching. | Learn your students names and learning styles quickly, so you will be able to help them in class. This will create a bond with your students that will make the internship a lot easier. | While you are not teaching, take notes on what your cooperating teacher does during class. | Feel free to ask your teacher questions on how to do something; that is what they are there for!
9: Classroom Management Techniques | Mr. Walton explained to me that since the class that I participated in only had eleven kids, it was much easier to manage. He has a class of thirty-one and he told me he must patrol the class more often because of the large amount of kids. He is more lenient in the class of eleven as well, but he treats them like high school kids, since they are in a high school level course in Geometry. I personally agree with his techniques and would use the same in a class similar to his.
10: If I Could Change One Thing | If I could change one thing about my internship experience, it would have to be my enthusiasm to go to the class each day. I will admit that, at times, I didn't want to go to my internship. This wasn't because I didn't enjoy it, but because I had to stay so long after the time I was used to staying. I should have changed my mindset before I went to the class. This would have helped the internship become a better overall experience, even though it was already an amazing one.
11: Worst Experience | I sat and thought about what my worst experience during this internship was for almost thirty minutes. Then, I realized that this internship had zero bad experiences while teaching. I loved every second of this internship, and I wouldn't exchange this experience for anything else. My students were amazing, and Mr. Walton was a great help through all of my questions in the class. I loved this internship experience.