The kids in my class are nice, and, before I started my internship, I was worried about not being able to understand them or that they would speak too fast. However, since I started my internship, I feel like they are talking a lot slower, and, if I have something that I don’t understand, I just tell them to repeat it again.
The classroom is different than a Chinese classroom. My mentor Darlene treats her students like they are family or friends, and her students treat me the same way, helping me go through any process I don’t understand, like where is a printer. Chinese teachers just tell Chinese students what to do and don’t listen to the students’ opinions. In China, teachers and students can not be close. In Darlene’s class, she greets her students with a hug. This would never happen in China.
Today we worked on the animals report again, and I poked the holes and made the strings for their masks. We read a little, and we played Duck Duck Goose. The students and teachers are being really nice to me.
Today we did some math problems, and one girl in my group has really hard time with it. I tried to explain to her, and she get some of it. I learned that a teacher needs to be very patient and must try different ways to help students learn.
Day 1 – May 17
Today was my first day of helping my mentor Darlene with her second grade class. In the morning we sat in a circle introduce ourselves. Then we did some math problems. I helped some of them read some of the books and work on their animal reports. The second graders where nice, and I had a lot of fun.
Day 2 – May 18
Today, a student from the high school walked me through the process of how to make copies and some other things. In the morning, we did math problems, and we did some reading together. We had a outdoor lunch, and we did some more reading. I got to read to them. At the end of the day, we did some PE.
I will do my internship with Darlene Clark, a second-grade teacher in the primary school at Friday Harbor Elementary. She had been teaching middle school for 11 years and then she became a primary teacher. Darlene teaches Math, English, Reading, and Writing. The mission Friday Harbor Elementary School is to instill a love of learning in all students and to nurture creativity, imagination, and leadership in all children. I will be Darlene’s classroom helper.
I want to do my internship in teaching because I like children a lot, and my brother is in the first grade in China. I want to see the differences between Chinese and American schools. I am excited but also nervous about my internship. As a English is my second language, I am afraid that I will not be able understand the students. This will be a good time for me to practice my English skills.