On the second day of pre-internship I was already much more comfortable with the environment and the students.
The schedule was similar, ELA (read to a partner, work on writing essays, and word work - handwriting practice). I made so many connections to these teaching strategies from ELNG 317, which I was thrilled about! Afterwards, was French, which, lucky for my partner and I, we used this time to go over our lesson with our cooperating teacher. I feel that I am useless in French class due to the nature of the lecturer-student dynamic, and because I do not know French. During lunch, the three of us planned our Science lesson for next week, we're going to make a model of the water cycle, which they just started. I'm excited to teach a Science lesson because it puts me out of my comfort zone (I don't consider myself very good at science and I never have enjoyed it), and it also relates to my ESCI 317 lesson assignments about weather for Grade 5. But mostly, I am looking forward to the opportunity to teach a subject that I find difficult with a colleague/class mate/good friend. After lunch we taught our Career Education lesson, which went well for our first real lesson, ever. We did well to follow the plan of questions and activities. The activity went well, the students were engaged and came out of their comfort zone a little and were eager to learn, especially as part of the compliment activity; students were very eager to receive compliment notes from peers. The only concern I have is that it is difficult to actually teach students. I have no problem planning a million activities to relate to outcomes, but I'm finding it difficult about how to make those experiences meaningful so that students learn what they need to learn. Then, we observed two science lessons, with our Grade 7/8 class and the other Grade 8 class.
I have not heard or seen anything about Treaty Education or Indigenous culture while being in this school today or last week, so I am curious as to if this will change.
I am very lucky to have this opportunity and in such a great school with great teachers to look up to.