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Collin Burkholder – Elementary Education Internship

Hello, my name is Collin Burkholder. I am a senior at Garden Spot High School, and my internship is at Brecknock Elementary. I am interning with Mrs. Libell, a fifth-grade teacher. I am responsible for coming up with my mini-lesson plans, teaching the mini-lesson plans I put together, and helping the kids in the classroom understand the material being taught. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to experience what a real classroom is like.

Having a student teaching internship has been very rewarding. In my time in the classroom, I have learned many things. One thing that I have learned is how to keep the kids engaged. I keep the kids involved by making random groups to always work with new people. Another thing I learned was how to create a lesson plan. When I taught my mini-lesson, I had to present Mrs. Libell with the lesson and how I would assess the learning of the material. The last thing I learned was how to be patient. Teaching takes patience; you have to make sure that all kids are understanding, and sometimes that means slowing down and spending more time on the topic.

I am truly grateful for this opportunity, and I encourage others to try an internship in the teaching field. It may be hard to be a teacher, but it is one of the most rewarding jobs. You get to help kids grow into independent thinkers. One of the biggest things I would recommend is keeping copies of the assignments the main teacher hands out, so you have something to reference when you are teaching.

Being an intern has made me want to become a teacher even more. Having this experience has shown me the benefits of being a teacher. It was cool to see the effect you can have on kids. I have developed many valuable skills and have resources that I can use when I become a teacher. I want to thank everyone who has helped me with this journey of discovering my dream career.


jhackman • April 10, 2022

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