Position Title: Student Teacher - Instrumental Music
Student Name: Morgan Conner
Major: Elementary Education
Type of Internship: Education / Teaching / Training
Career Community Cluster: Education
City, State: Baltimore, MD
Semester: Fall, Spring
Hours: 5-10 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid
How did you find this internship?
This position was a placement as part of the education program.
What did you do as an intern at this organization?
I was able to do small group and whole class instruction practices. Since these were elementary education internships I worked in reading, math, science, and writing. The best experience I got was working with English language learners at an international school.
What did you find most rewarding in your internship?
The ability, even if it is very minimal, to help a student who may be struggling is the most rewarding. It is not always about academics. During spring math placement, I worked with gifted and talented students. A student was struggling with something outside of school and just wanted someone to talk to. That's the real job of a teacher, to educate and push knowledge into brains of growing children but also to care about them.
If another student at TU was interested in your internship next year, what skills would you recommend they develop in the coming semesters to prepare?
Practice getting used to being wrong; no person is perfect, and we are here to learn. It will make you more relatable to students and you will learn more if you accept when you make mistakes. Your professors are your biggest ally and are wonderful people. Also, really get to know your students; they teach you a lot about being a teacher. It's great to keep in contact with your mentor teacher, as they can give great advice and help you when things get overwhelming. Interning in a school is a wonderful and memorable experience.
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