Being 18 years old during the last stretch of senior year can be tough. Having full blown senioritis, stacks of homework, tests, college applications, decisions to make, and wanting to be done, but not wanting to grow up is extremely stressful. Luckily, I decided to go back to the 5th grade. Well, kind of.
My name is Alix Crossley. I completed a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary in the field of elementary education.
This experience has been absolutely incredible! I feel fortunate to have been able to experience a classroom environment first hand. I have learned so much and had a blast. There is no other class I would rather be in than Miss Nelson’s 5th grade class. She is an outstanding teacher who not only excels at teaching her students, but has taught me an unbelievable amount. I don’t know how to explain all that I have learned from the students. They are examples to me with each of their unique personalities and strong desires to learn.
I not only observed Miss Nelson’s teaching, and how a classroom operates, but also walked around and assisted the students in their work. I also corrected assignments, passed out papers, read books to the class, led the students in a review game, and helped with whatever else there was that needed to be done. These things were all fun, but my favorite daily ritual occurred at the end of the day when I stood at the door and gave the students high-fives as they left. What better way to end my day than with 26 hand slaps and smiles.
I will never forget this awesome opportunity, what I’ve learned about teaching elementary school, or the many relationships I’ve developed. I wish this experience could last forever and I know it can. That’s why I want to be an elementary school teacher. I want to continue in this career and teach students for the rest of my life.
I now know there is no better place to be than in a 5th grade class, no matter my age.
Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.
Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.
Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success