By: JayCee Tourtillott
So far throughout my Internship here at CMN’s Sustainable Development Institute, I have been privileged with the task of being able to earn and gain some extra teaching experience. Which for me has been a life changing experience. Before this internship I had very little “hands on” experience with actually teaching in the classroom. I am currently working towards my elementary and early childhood education degree and I am very fortunate to have had the chance to do this internship. For this reflection I will be telling you a little bit about my own experiences and some of the things that I have learned thus far as the sustainable planner intern.
During the month of November I visited a Kindergarten and Second Grade class. The topics I chose for the activity were very challenging to explain to young children, a few seemed to grasp the concept very well, while others not so much. Let’s just say it did not go as smooth as I had imagined. Especially when trying to explain such vast and complex subjects such as; waste reduction, recycling and technology justice. Although I planned, prepared and thought I had anticipated all possible responses and questions, it was still quite challenging. Nonetheless, this classroom experience for me was a great learning experience, I have definitely opened my eyes to the challenges teacher face while trying to teach their students real world problems in grade school. I have gained some techniques to use when it comes to teaching children in a way they can easily relate and be interested in.
I am thankful I was able to do these classroom activities because it allowed me to gain more experience for future classroom settings. It is very helpful and reassuring knowing what to expect from the difference age groups and learning styles. Even more importantly in helping me develop my own effective teaching style. My plan of action for future classroom activities is to explain vast concepts in more detail and in a more kid-friendly way. To be able to help students better understand, I need to remember to keep it simple. With that being said, I am very fortunate for this opportunity and I will continue to use these experiences to learn and grow from.