Head of School Blog

When Students Become Teachers

Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 16 | Feb. 15, 2017
Before we send our Eighth Grade students off to their new lives in their respective high schools, it is important to us that we “test our success” in achieving our mission by having our students reflect on the ways in which the tenets of the school’s mission statement have been integrated into their lives.

One way we gauge success in nurturing a “sincere love of learning,” is through our student teaching internship program, which takes place in the spring.  Students apply to teach in a given grade, and are interviewed for rightness of fit. Once assigned, each Eighth Grader spends four days living the life of a teacher in Nursery-Grade 4, Art, Physical Education, or Technology classes.  On their fifth visit, they work with their cooperating teacher to design and teach a relevant lesson.  Students are super excited to begin these internships this Friday, as they celebrate the Read-a-Thon with the younger members of our school community.

“This project is integral to the students’ overall reflection on their integration of the mission statement into their lives,” said Middle School teacher Libby Vino, who oversees the program. “They look forward to the experience all year, and they get to see how much hard work goes into preparing a lesson and how much energy goes into managing a classroom.”

Ms. Vino’s students agree.

"I'll learn to see from a young child's point of view, and perhaps help them to see out of mine,” said Isabella. “I’ll also get to see children at such a young, untainted age, where they are curious and excited about learning.  It would be such an eye-opening experience."

"I am a student who has a great interest in teaching,” said Isabella’s classmate, Stephen. “I am a gregarious person and am known to have a great sense of patience and optimism, and would be a good influence around young children."

The student teaching internship program is a wonderful example of the experiential and meaningful ways we prepare our students for life beyond All Saints. “Our hope is that when we send them off to their new high schools, they’ll remember what it’s like to be on the other side of the desk and will be more attentive students,” said Ms. Vino. I have every confidence that she’s right.

Questions? Comments?  Ideas?  I’d love to hear them!  Email me: jsingleton@allsaintsdayschool.org