After a great practical experience at my internship I am rejoining the blogosphere. First I wanted to share a little of my time away with you all. I had a great time at a great school with a great mentor teacher and great children. As this was my internship I was required to teach at least 50% of the fulltime teaching. I got to do much more than this though also see my mentor teacher in action. I thought I would share the Science and Maths I taught.
As I was only at the for four weeks I could only teach a small part of the Mathematics unit. For measurement they got to work out length (with rulers, sting, streamers and blocks), mass (using scales, balances, their own judgement and string), and capacity (with a variety of containers of all different sizes and materials). The assessment for this was designing and building a puppy house that was just the right size. They all put so much work into their assessment. For Location we role played, moved items and drew prepositions (such as above, below and besides). The shape and time was the last week of maths, the students looked at how shape can be found in all things in nature and how time can affect them (such as shadows casting differently in the morning than in the afternoon).
There were so many great experiences that made it a wonderful time (I am going back for the next 6 Fridays to help out with orientation for the next years students and swimming). There were a few things that I didn't enjoy. I didn't like going to the toilet each morning at the same time as my mentor teacher, I know not a big deal. There was this wonderful bearded dragon that lived in the junior yard that was very good at holding his ground. He never ever moved towards the children. The groundsman would move him if he was around when the children came out to play though on the few occasions he was not there one of the teachers aides hit at him with a stick (she didn't hurt him though I was worried that the children would see this out of context). I got very brave and picked him up to move him when the groundsman was not around. The children were very fond of the teacher attempting to throw large paper (when finished with) in the bin. They would award a medal if she was successful. I made it my mission to get the paper in the bin and did so on my second last day. Needless to say I received a medal on the Friday.
So if a few weeks time I will not only be a qualified childcare teacher, I will be a qualified school teacher!! I have my state school ranking interview this week. There seems to be very few jobs out there and heaps of graduates so though I have my fingers crossed I am not going to hold my breath just yet. I know something will fall in my lap and if not I get to spend a little more time with Cakes.