Welcome to the Intern Corner! Today we will be introducing you to Mely Asprilla. She hails from Cali, Colombia and this year she is a part of the Kinder and 1st grade teams and goes by Srta. Asprilla.
Marin Lindberg, the Intern Program Coordinator, says “When I think of Mely and the lessons that I have seen her teach there are three words that come to mind: patient, thoughtful and purposeful. I observed Mely teach a lesson in 1st grade and was so pleased to see the thorough progression of the lesson. The lesson was about identifying verbs. Mely started out by pulling out the background knowledge that the students already had on verbs using an activity that got them excited and interested. The teaching part centered around extending the learning into what a verb is and adding to the list of verbs that they knew/know. For practice, Mely had a student come forward and that student had to have their back to the board where the verbs were written. Mely silently pointed to one of the new verbs and the class (seated in front of the student) had to act out the verb. The student at the front had to identify which verb the class was acting out. The kids were so engaged and didn’t even realize the learning they were doing! Thank you Srta. Asprilla for what an addition you are to our school!”
Prior to winter break, an intern approached Marin Lindberg, the Intern Coordinator, with an activity for their December intern meeting. They had done this activity with students and enjoyed it so much that they wanted to try it with the other interns since everyone celebrates different things.
Marin allotted time for this community building activity and the intern gladly accepted the role of leading this activity, gathered the supplies and readied himself to teach our “intern class” how to do it. The activity centered around a really creative brochure template. Each intern answered questions that made everyone really think, as well as reflect on what was important to them. It was a time where Marin and the interns were able to share and learn about each other. The last questions on the brochure activity were “What did I learn?” and “What would I like to celebrate?”.
Marin knew the importance of these questions, but she was able to see how the interns felt valued as they listened to each other and shared things close to the heart as most of them would be spending their first holiday season away from friends and family. Marin commented that she is “thankful for this group and it is encouraging to see the interns grow as teachers and as leaders in school and for each other. Here’s to 2019!”
Meet Kevin Yánes
Kevin is one of our El Salvadorian interns working at EHSI in second grade. Kevin is from part of El Salvador called La Unión. He likes soccer, doing puzzles like Rubik’s cubes, playing chess, and learning new things. Kevin has a special passion for sound, recording and editing, and he is even a radio DJ in his home country of El Salvador. Dubbing cartoon voices is another hobby of Kevin’s.
This year we have connected Kevin’s passion for sound and recording to our morning announcements at Eagle Heights. Kevin has started to help out two mornings a week leading the morning announcements with the 5th grade students. These are the announcements done each morning reminding students of school expectations in different areas of the school and to be Seguro (Safe), Amable (Kind) and Responsible (Responsible). Kevin guides the students in how to hold the microphone and speak clearly into the device, as well as leads them in a practice round of the script before they go live. We are so thankful for his passion for this area and for his help!
Intern Professional Development
The interns participated in their second professional development day and learned about NUA Thinking Maps and their relationship to AVID along with the USA/Minnesota Education system, standards, learning targets, strategies to aid in classroom management with a focus on the WHOLE child, Math Talk and how to start to make this a part of our teaching. They also participated in a cultural activity created by Elena Caceres surrounding Thanksgiving! Elena created an activity for interns to learn about the typical foods of Thanksgiving. At the end she created a quiz where the interns had to smell and identify 10 different spices typically used in the different foods of Thanksgiving. Interns learned vocabulary, new smells, new foods, etc. It was a fun activity enjoyed by all!
Hasta Luego Interns
The interns were invited back to the High School to participate in helping several Spanish classes as they prepared for their oral finals. The interns were part of this during the end of first semester as well, and they were excited to go back. It was incredibly enriching for them to see, hear, and converse with students, many of whom were former Eagle Heights students. They were able to see what a foundation of immersion looks like as the students move on to high school and higher level Spanish classes. One of the things that was mentioned to me by an interns was this, “The students were so much more vocal this time! It was more of a conversation/discussion instead of me just answering their questions. We were able to discuss current topics.” What an exciting and encouraging opportunity for both the intern group and students to be mutually encouraged during this review time.
As the school year comes quickly to an end and the interns start to pack up their suitcases, they are not only packing up clothes and souvenirs, but also new learning, fond memories, and experiences that will serve them for years to come. Join me in saying “hasta luego” to this fantastic group of interns and wish them the best as they continue their adventures as they go back home.
Marin Lindberg, Intern Program Coordinator
During their professional development day in April, the interns were able to take part in a new addition to the school this year, Breakout EDU boxes. Breakout boxes are a combination of a learning board game meets escape room. They can be adapted to any grade level, are tied to state standards, and are a way to embed the 4C’s (collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity) all into one activity. The interns had a blast! In addition, they participated in a session about authentic learning. It was an important topic for them to learn about immersion and also about authenticity as they go back to possibly teach in English in their own country. They reflected on the most important parts of their learning and created a visual representation.
Did you know…
Throughout the school year the interns meet twice each month to focus on professional development centered on enhancing their experience at EHSI. These meetings provide opportunities for reflection and growth as educators. Each week the interns share their experiences in the classroom, discuss questions or lesson plans they have prepared and receive feedback about their classroom practices. Interns are also able to utilize this time to ask questions, voice any concerns and review upcoming school events. Having collaborative time not only builds community among the interns, it increases their confidence in engaging, motivating and inspiring students.
The most recent meeting involved a great cultural experience as the interns hosted a baby shower for the intern coordinator, Marin, who will be out on leave until May. Much time and enthusiasm went into researching traditional baby shower games. Measuring lengths of yarn to fit around Marin’s belly and tasting baby food while blindfolded were the highlights!
The interns had their December Intern Professional Development day which focused on learning to be reflective educators. During the month of November, Marin Lindberg (or the intern’s cooperating teacher) video recorded each intern leading a Morning Meeting. At CMS and the high school, the interns lead a community builder. At the intern PD meeting, the interns were able to watch their video and reflect on their classroom management.
They talked about how to be reflective educators, looked for ways to improve and were encouraged to continue doing things they were already doing. Many of the interns asked at the end of the day if they could dive even deeper into how to grow in their teaching.
It is encouraging to see how motivated the interns are to take advantage of the educational resources at Eagle Heights, Central Middle School, Eden Prairie High School and the district as a whole.
Fall Intern Festival
The Fall Intern Festival took place on Thursday, November 16. The interns put in a lot of hours working on their booths and preparing engaging activities and eye-catching presentations for both parents and students to enjoy. It was a fun evening of learning and sharing. Thank you interns for all your hard work putting together this event for our school community!
Interns at the EHSI Fun Run
The 2017 EHSI Fun Run put on by Craig Schewe, EHSI gym teacher, took place on Saturday, October 7 and was a huge success! This year the weather was a little wet, but that didn’t affect the turnout or the excitement on the part of the interns or the kids and their families.
The interns helped with face painting during registration and helped get the kids pumped up to run. When it was time to head to the track, everyone came outside ready and excited to check out the new route designed by Mr. Schewe.
After the run, the SEF had a table with healthy snacks and water where families had the chance to “Meet Your Intern.” Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated to make it a wonderful event full of exercise, fun and community!