Preinternship Reflection #3
Of all the things that I was able to learn during my time as a preintern, there was one thing that surprised me the most. I was blown away by the amount of time students were given to do their work. Before internship I thought that my lessons would have to be filled with me teaching from start of class until the bell rang and that every lesson would be like that. Boy was I wrong. At the end of each lesson/section, students were given at least half a period to work on practice problems. The more practice problems they had, the more time would be permitted. Often if they had a hand-in assignment or a project to do, they were given one full period at minimum to do their work. Although it surprised me, it made sense that they would be given more time in class to do their homework. Students have plenty of things going on after school that doing their homework might not always be their top priority. Allowing students to do their work during class time allows you to monitor the students work and ensure that they are on the right track. It also makes it easy to answer any of their questions and allow them to continue on with their work. The key understanding for this is to plan an appropriate of time to do their work in class. Be prepared for students to finish their work earlier than you expected, or to need more time than you thought they would.