This post is going to look a little bit different than most. I have so much to say about this past week and I do not want to leave anything out. Here it goes…
Some of the things I focused on this week were positive reinforcement, observing other teachers, utilizing technology in the classroom, including students in the planing process, providing opportunities for self-reflection, and being creative in my lesson planning.
Some of my favourite activities this week included:
-having students act out a story as I read it aloud
-trying new body break ideas
-setting up a ‘readers’ theatre’ in a safe way
-observing teachers in other grades and subject areas to gain insight and inspiration
-integrating student-led learning in several lessons
-practicing spelling words using the snow outside
Overall, it was a really fun week and I was able to provide more feedback and guidance to individual students than in previous weeks.
Now, here is the sad part… this may or may not have been my last week in the school. I know… it’s crazy to think it could already be over!
On one hand, I am rejoicing. I am so thankful for this experience and am so hopeful for all that the future has in store. I have many cherished memories and helpful tools to carry with me as I go from here.
On the other hand, I am heartbroken because I do not like goodbyes and I love this school, the staff, and the students. I know that I will likely see them again, but the everyday scheduled time there has come to a close. I will miss everyone so much.
So, on Friday, as that dismissal bell came closer and closer; I held it together long enough to say a very quick, very hesitant goodbye to the kids. They surprised me with a very special gift that I will absolutely treasure for the rest of my life. There were some tears for the letting go, but the memories I have with these students will stay with me forever.
This internship has been monumental in my life, both professionally and personally. I came out of a season of trauma and into this experience. It has exceeded my expectations tremendously and has been significant in my healing journey. I do not have the words to express how grateful I am for the staff and students of my coop school.
For now, I will leave it at that. I will talk to you in my next post!