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.
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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!