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Old 12-02-2017, 02:49 PM
 
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I'm currently finishing up my internship I semester. In January, I'll be starting my final internship in the same placement I'm currently in. For the most part, I'm happy in my placement. I love my students and my mentor teacher is incredibly friendly and gives really helpful constructive criticism/feedback on my lessons. The thing that is sort of challenging for me is that she is an ELA/SS teacher and I find myself feeling like I don't know what I'm doing teaching these subjects. Previously, I was in a placement where my teacher taught Math and Science. I felt so much more comfortable teaching these subjects and the lesson planning came very naturally to me. In contrast, I find myself taking hours and hours planning for a single ELA lesson, though. This has been fine because I wasn't fully student teaching yet, but in my final internship I'm expected to become the primary instructor in the classroom and plan for/teach most--if not, all--lessons. I'm concerned I won't be able to keep up with that amount of work if I can't become more efficient at lesson planning.

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What is your advice for dealing with the load of planning and everything else expected of a teacher?
How soon into your final semester do you begin actually "taking over" instruction? I've heard some people say the first or second week and others say not until halfway through the semester.


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Old 12-03-2017, 11:52 AM
 
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My mentor teacher and I created a teaching plan during the first week of my 15-week internship. I watched her for two weeks, then took over one class the next week.

Each week we added another class to my schedule until around Mid-Term. After Mid-Term I began to give classes back to her, until I was no longer doing lesson plans. (I am a School Media Specialist) and we taught 5 classes daily in the library.
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Definitely all teachers have had to teach new material that was unfamiliar to even themselves! You have to teach yourself first. And then the more you teach it to others, the more you will have a deep understanding of whatever it is.

To deal with the load of planning, the answer is simply to plan in an organized manner. Find a digital, Microsoft Word Doc, spreadsheet for the days of the week and the amount of periods you'll have per day. Plug in your specials, lunches, preps, events, etc. Then plan your day. Look at your CT's lesson plan book. Make copies of her plans in advance and follow her routine.

In my experience Student Teaching, I always assumed I would be COMPLETELY TAKING OVER EVERY ASPECT! But the CT probably will not FULLY give you the reins of planning every single tid bit and sitting back in her chair to watch. haha Usually the teacher knows exactly what needs to be taught and will tell you what has to be done and will give you the materials. Fore example. She might have the Science Unit already planned for the time you are taking over and will give you the teacher manual and show you the lessons that need to be taught across each day/week. So you will have a direction to go in, instead of coming up with everything out of thin air.

In regards to the schedule of taking over....start getting up there in front of the class from the beginning. The sooner you start taking over, the better it will be. It will be more fluid as it comes near the end of your internship. I would ask the teacher if you could sit down with her to discuss the goals of your course and your assignments. Tell her you want to practice leading the class as much as possible and show her your timeline for when you need to begin taking over the class.

Watch how she teaches her class the first week perhaps, read to the class and walk them in the halls. Get to know the kids by working 1:1. The next week perhaps help to teach a lesson. Then gradually put your self in that position more and more of leading the lesson.
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