Elizabeth

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Elizabeth is a first grade intern at Templeton Elementary School in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

“I’ve been working with my mentor teacher and creating the science lesson for my students, [recording the lessons are] kind of like [an episode of] Dora the Explorer, you’re asking questions and no one is answering, which is really weird. I haven’t been connecting with [students] that much.”


Interview Highlight:

“We have to log all of our [student teaching] hours, so anything we’re doing for school or related to our education major we have to record those hours… I’ve been working with my mentor teacher and creating the science lesson for my students, [recording the lessons are] kind of like [an episode of] Dora the Explorer, you’re asking questions and no one is answering, which is really weird.

I haven’t been connecting with [students] that much; we offer office hours, which are totally optional, and one student has come for like five minutes. But we hold them everyday for an hour and just sit there. We’re supposed to have four formal observations of our teaching, we only had one before the closures, so for the past three weeks we do once a week mock observations on Zoom. We’ve done two different versions, the first time we taught our lesson over Zoom, so we would screen-share and do the lesson and the other interns at your school would be the “students”, so super awkward when you’re teaching a first grade lesson.”

Elizabeth
Elizabeth smiling near the ocean with a cherry blossom tree in the background.

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