Taking care of yourself is important
I’ll be honest, I don’t think I would have survived my internship without two things: this here blog and the weekends. My blog has been my saving grace. Even if I haven’t written, connecting with blog friends and even reading other teaching blogs has reminded me that teaching is so rewarding! (So thank you.) I also need a creative outlet, and blogging has been just that… a place to escape and unwind after a long, stressful day. Also, you probably have noticed that I spend my weekends packed to the brim with fun stuff, including Disney, going out, etc. There are two reasons for this. One is I’m in Florida for six weeks and want to enjoy every minute of it! Another is, being an extrovert, that is how I unwind. I enjoy going out and spending time with those who matter to me. My weekends are really important to me
The amount of time you spend at school doesn’t dictate how good you are.
Before my internship, I pictured myself being the teacher that would stay late into the night and work on stuff. After these six weeks, I have realized that I need to leave school after the day ends. The days that I’m there until past 5, I start to feel really out of it and drained. I don’t feel like I need to be at school all day, and I do enjoy working at home. That doesn’t mean I’m a bad teacher! And now I know that not wanting to stay all day is completely okay.
Develop relationships with your students
You’re probably thinking… duh, Rachael! But honestly, middle school kids are freaking great. Just a little FYI- make sure you tell them to NOT find you on social media. Because my students found me SOMEHOW, added me my last day, and it was awkward! Still not sure how they found me, so I made everything private for a little bit until the buzz died down.
Know Your Shiz
This is something I really wish someone would have told me before I started my internship. As silly as this sounds, I’ve taken a ton of classes on how to teach, and I think I’m good at it! However, I really did need to brush up on some of my content! I wish I would have taken the time to study what I was teaching a lot before I taught it instead of having to re-learn a bunch of stuff. I mean, I don’t remember everything from High School!
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