I decided to start this post by saying that I think I missed 2 weeks and 4 days. I say this because my pre internship experience went by so fast that I am sure I just blinked. I learned a lot from this experience and I am very grateful for having the chance to learn from it.
The first big thing I noticed was that you cannot have a solid plan. With report cards and the classroom having other projects, I was constantly changing my plans and figuring out new ways to get my lesson across to the students. I learned how to do this pretty quickly and actually enjoyed it. It showed me that I didn’t have to have perfect plans all of the time because it is most likely to take a new direction anyways.
The second big thing I had learned from this was that each student has different needs. We get told this all of the time at the University but actually experiencing it is when you get an understanding. I liked the challenge of being able to get the students that have no interest in being there and I liked the accomplished feeling.
Overall, I was very worried to walk in to the school and decide that it was not for me. I believe that we have not really had the school experience up until the 3 week block. I was not sure what to expect or what I would learn. I loved being able to create the relationships and teach my knowledge to the students. I enjoyed being able to participate in the classes and I enjoyed getting up in the morning knowing that today would be different than the last. I am very excited to start my internship and see where the next journey takes me.