Internship Goal Setting

Goal Number One: Incorporate Walker’s ‘Teach like Finland’ strategies into my teaching practice such as building relationships with students, giving breaks, and learning outdoors when possible.

Strategies:

  • Use the student’s name.
  • Find out what students’ interests are and try to incorporate that into my teaching practice
  • Ask about students’ lives.
  • Be present in the hallway.
  • Greet students as they enter the classroom in the morning.
  • Give five-minute breaks in between learning tasks when possible.
  • Teach and learn outdoors whenever possible.

Goal Number Two: Spend more time reflecting on teaching experiences after they occur.

Strategies:

  • Thinking about what I would change if I were to do a lesson plan again.
  • Talk to at least two people about how they think my lesson went (cooperating teacher, teaching partner, field advisor, students, etc.)
  • Write down changes I would make or would like to try down on the lesson plan the same day I taught it.
  • Blog about my teaching experiences at least once a week.
  • Take pictures of meaningful learning experiences or ideas to reflect on at a later date.

Goal Number Three: Become more present in the school community both in and outside the classroom.

Strategies:

  • Spend noon hours in the staff room.
  • Volunteer to help out with supervision during recess.
  • Interact with others in the school community via twitter.
  • Get involved in at least one extra-curricular activity.
  • Attend school and community functions outside of regular school hours.
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