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Hannah: Early Childhood Education

Hannah completed an internship at Canyon Elementary as a 3rd grade teacher. Here is what she has to say about this experience:

What day-to-day tasks were part of this experience?

As part of the internship, I was involved in everything a teacher does: preparing weekly lesson plans, printing copies, collaborating with colleagues, teaching lessons and managing a classroom, grading work and organizing curriculum, gather and analyze data from assessments, work with Individuals and small groups who are struggling, recess duty, and all the other things involved with being a teacher!

What would have better prepared you for this internship?

A class focused on the beginning of the school year prep involved (what is needed in a classroom, what procedures you need to have, what a day looks like for a teacher, etc.). More applied information instead of only learning philosophies.

Was this experience a confirmation that you are going in the right direction, or a pivot to something else?

Confirmation. I was always uncertain to an extent if teaching really was the career for me, because I never got the full experience of it. My internship allowed me to literally jump all in and experience teaching my own class and all the things required of a teacher. And I found out that I absolutely love it. Everyday I leave smiling because of my students and I know I’m in the right career.

Would you recommend this internship to other students?

I would definitely recommend it, although with a word of caution: this internship requires a very open mind and patience with yourself. There’s a lot of growth that happens and at first it feels like too much, but if you take one day at a time and focus on the connection you’re making with the students, it’s absolutely worth it. You can’t learn how to be a teacher until you teach, and this allows for the whole experience!

"This photo is of me on 80’s day at school for Red Ribbon Week. It’s an embarrassing photo but it means a lot to me because it represents how much fun teaching can be. Being able to dress up with my students, do crazy hair together, laugh together, make mistakes together, and just have fun together has been the most rewarding thing about teaching."