Monthly Archives: February 2009

Observation Day 2: Pre-Internship

Day 2 went well. After only 1 day I could already tell I am beginning to feel more comfortable in the school and with the students. Today we started to look more at what we would like to start teaching next week and also which other classes/subjects around the school we would like to observe. As far as teaching, Kayla and I will be starting to team-teach CAMP 10 on Monday, which is pretty much the same as CPT at this point in the class. We will be introducing scripts, storyboards, and an assignment we are going to have them complete – using still photos to make a music video.

Also today we were able to head over to the gymnasium and help out with an all boys Physical Education 9 class. They started off by writing a quick 15 minute quiz on Team Handball and then split up into teams for a volleyball tournament. It was fun to get in the gym and let loose a bit with the students. After talking to the Phys. Ed teacher it appears that Kayla and I will get the opportunity to teach a Team Handball or Basketball lesson at some point in the near future.

Another thing we did today was watch an episode of The Apprentice with Donald Trump in Entrepreneurship. Every Friday they watch an episode from the very first season and have a little worksheet to fill out. While watching the show, we started to think that it would be fun to create an Apprentice like competition with our class. We could split the class into 2 teams and have different Entrepreneurship related tasks for them to complete each week relating to the curriculum – advertising competition, trying to sell a product in the school etc. It was a good thought and maybe we will get to try it out during our 3 week block. For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Apprentice, below is the introduction for all of the Season 1 episodes.

I’m looking forward to next week as I will actually be teaching lessons and hopefully sitting in on some classes in other subject areas. Be on the lookout for my next Pre-Internship update.

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Observation Day 1: Pre-Internship

Today was my first day of observation for my pre-internship placement at Campbell Collegiate. My partner Kayla and I arrived at the school around 8am and met with our cooperating teacher shortly after. We also met the principal (who was the principal at my school back in grade 9) and a few other teachers. After sitting down and getting acquainted with our cooperating teacher, we went on a tour of the school during her first period prep time.

The school is very BIG, both in population of students and size of the building. It was a fairly in-depth tour of the school and we got to see some of the technology and tools we have access to for our teaching. The computer lab we will be using has a projector which will come in handy. One thing that I found a little surprising is that there are only 3 video cameras for the whole school. There is also a production lab with a green screen and area for an audio lab but we have been told it is in a transition period (being changed quite a bit). Another thing that stood out during the tour was a lecture theater on the third floor of the school. It reminds me a lot of an a university lecture theater, seating over 80 students. It is a smart classroom with a projector and a few other neat features. I will try to take some photos to share as it is fairly impressive for a high school, maybe I will even get a chance to teach in it.

After the tour we spent the day observing classes, talking with students, and seeing where they are at in the curriculum. Our cooperating teacher has a Computer Applications Multimedia Production 10 class (CAMP – mix of Information Processing and Communications and Production Technology), an Accounting 10 class, a blended Accounting 20/30 class, and an Entrepreneurship 30 class. After experiencing all of the classes we got to talk a bit about which classes we would like to teach in and what parts of the curriculum we would like to teach. We plan to discuss this further and we may even have the opportunity to start teaching about storyboards in the CAMP 10 class on Monday. *Campbell does not offer Information Processing, it is part of the CAMP class.

Lastly, another thing that stood out to me was how empty the staffroom was at lunch. Kayla and I ate lunch in the staffroom and there were only about 5 other teachers in there for most of the lunch period with a few others popping in and out. Maybe most teachers go out for lunch or eat in their classroom? It was surprising that with such a large staff the lunchroom was almost empty.

Overall it was a really good day. The only things that I would change is introducing myself to the students a little better by letting them know a little more about me and also getting to know some of their names. Our introductions today were fairly basic and the students didn’t get to know too much about us but hopefully we can change that in the next few days.

Stay tuned for my daily reflections on Pre-Internship and feel free to leave a comment!