First and foremost, I survived my first week of internship! I am excited and can not stop thinking about all the incredible things I want to do. I was under the impression it was a Montessori class, which it technically is not. The teacher is a Montessori trained teacher and has all the materials to incorporate in lessons. She taught Montessori the last couple of years and has consistently raised student scores and reading levels. The principal had a group of struggling students that were on track for retention that he wanted her to take on. They are second graders on kindergarten and first grade levels - many can barely make out basic letter sounds. The day is entirely aimed at independent instruction, working on each child’s specific level and trying to get them up one by one, rather than as a whole group. She is given a sense of freedom in her teaching styles and flow of the day, which is great for me and my lessons. With their school days being so intensive and pushed for math and reading, I am really hoping to do most of my lessons in a science driven direction - helping them build basic reading and math skills, while allowing them to get involved in their learning and letting them have some fun. I am still trying to get a handle on how I am supposed to do everything, but the fact that I have such a supportive teacher and a wide range of possibilities gives me a serious sense of relief and anticipation for what I can accomplish!
Side note - I would like to try and find things from each day (or more like week if schedule permits) that I found funny/interesting/inspiring/etc.
Very intense conversation I had as the students were leaving today…
Boy: When we leavin cause I’m comin’ home with you today.
Me: You are?
Boy: Yeah. What we gonna do when we get there?
Me: Well I don’t know that you can just come over without asking your mom.
Boy: She wouldn’t have to get me or anything. I would be spending the weekend with you and then when you come back on Tuesday it will be less work for my mom cause you can just take me to school.
Me: I’m sure your mom would miss you and I wouldn’t have anywhere for you to sleep anyway.
Boy: You got a living room right?! I can just sleep there!
Other Boy: If he stayin at your house, I’m coming too!
Boy: SHE AINT GOT ENOUGH ROOM FOR US BOTH! Besides, I asked first.
(Barely day three and I’m already thinking it is going to be very hard to say goodbye to this group!)