As my internship has coming to an end, I was able to take away very useful information and skills that I will be able to take with me to pursue my educational career. During this internship, I had spent most of my time with the kindergarteners. This was a scary thought at first because I am normally more comfortable around older kids but I was really able to step out of my comfort zone and really enjoyed time with the kids. I got to spend a lot of time with a little boy named Brandon who has a type of autism and we became very close and I began noticing day by day the trust that he was building with me and by the end we were always together. I was able to learn really good teaching methods also, the teacher that I was with she works very well with the children and she was able to connect with each and every one of them which was amazing to get to watch each kid grow and develop. This was overall an amazing experience to be a part of, it had been a long time since I have been in and around an elementary school so it really was a great place to be. As I begin my college career to pursue education I will remember the thing I have learned in this internship to help guide me through school & through my teaching career. I will always believe that teachers play a big role in kids life and we can impact them in so many ways for the better.
At the beginning of school I was very reserved and I was unsure how I felt about being with the youngest kids but at the end I was able to come out of my comfort zone and be able to create a relationship with the kids. The more you interact and help around the classroom the faster that they build that bond with you and the better bond they have the more I was able to help them learn. My main goals were expand my comfort zone and be more open minded which I feel like I accomplished those two things pretty fast.
The biggest struggle I had with the kids was trying to understand that they don’t comprehend things older kids can cause they don’t know, it is easy to get frustrated because you have to say things over and over again and you have to keep things basic. The biggest struggle I had in P.E. class was getting kids to participate in the activities, all the grades had at least 2 or 3 that didn’t want to exercise. But I didn’t have a lot of issues with any of the kids, they were all great to work with and I am going to miss them.
I am grateful for the opportunity I was given to come and be apart of the summer school program and I will never forget the things I learned here. I hope one day I am able to impact children’s lives for the better and help as many people as I can with their education because that is one of the most important and useful things to have in life.