I was fortunate to be placed at Hazlet School for my Internship. I grew up and attended school in a small community only thirty minutes from Hazlet. My farm is located only ten miles from town, making living arrangements easy and affordable (an added bonus while being a University student)! Hazlet School has about 70 students from grades kindergarten to grade 12. They are a part of the amazing Chinook School Division; a division that believes in putting students and relationships first, which aligns perfect with my own philosophy. Hazlet School is part of the Chinook International Program, opening many opportunities for students around the world and within our community to interact and learn from one another. To say I was excited about my placement with the grade 3, 4, 5 split class would be an understatement!
Growing up I had a tough time finding my place and myself. When I was fifteen I befriended a Hazletonian and my life has never been the same since! Hazlet is a very small village of about 200 people including the surrounding farms. Despite their small numbers they have an outstanding commitment to their community. The entire community opened their arms to me and treated me and my family as their own. The people do not discriminate, they never turn away any sort of help, and they can put on one heck of an event that brings surrounding communities together. It is truly a remarkable town that I am proud to be a part of and to have the opportunity to experience as a professional in their school.
On my first day I was incredibly nervous and excited- I felt much like I was on my way to my first day of Kindergarten all over again. I was not disappointed when the staff all welcomed me with open arms and showed their personalities from day one. Their encouragement, helping hands, and ability to “tell it how it is” made me feel like I “fit in” from day one. After meeting my students for the first time and spending that first week getting to know each of them, I knew December would be one of my toughest “goodbyes”.
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Here is a reflection after my first week:
“Friday, September 7th
The first week has been super crazy, but really fun. I was so nervous and excited the first day, I felt like I was in Kindergarten. The kids seemed happy to have me in their classroom as well. We started the day with some introductions playing a game and then I shared a PPT with the students that included pictures from my life and some basic information about myself. I got to spend two classes with the K, 1, 2’s this week as well, so I am learning about them quickly too. The students here are so great. And I am really looking forward to getting to know them better and to teach them.
I did not do any teaching this week as I was focussing on meeting the students and getting to know them and see how the classroom routine looked. I collected a lot of information about students’ interests, some of the types of projects they like to do and where their learning levels are at in various subjects. I am thankful for the opportunity to get to know them this week and for extra time to plan, as my co-operating teacher asked me to wait to plan until I got to know the students better.
I look forward to beginning my “inner self” health unit next week!”
And so, my journey and love for Hazlet School continued.