I have been supervising graduate interns a couple semesters now. Each semester I learn more and more as a supervisor. Whether you are taking a graduate student intern or if you are an intern (going to be an intern soon) this post may give you some guidance!
- Don't hesitate to ask! We want you to ask questions. We don't expect you to know everything. The worst thing that can happen..your supervisor may say “try it and see!”
- We expect you to make mistakes! You are learning! We may let you make a mistake purposely so you learn from it.
- Be flexible! Don't be so focused on making a lesson go exactly as planned. It may not and that is ok. We want you to change and adapt if necessary. Don't write a lesson plan with step by step of what you plan to do and think you have to stick with it. I know I would rather you write a framework. With that said…
- Plan for the unexpected. What can go wrong?! Can you predict all of the scenarios?! This way, you can be prepared for it all!
- Use time wisely! Use prep time to look up ideas, browse through my materials to get ideas, collaborate, evaluate progress data, work on paperwork/data collection/reports to write. There is always something to do!
- Be organized. Either get a lesson plan book or create your own ways to write down everything. This way, you remember: did you do that lesson with that group yet? What materials will you need for each group? Keep your materials in a way that doesn't get ruined if it rains and you can easily find it. Since you are a traveling SLP (placements and school), you want to keep things in a way that you can be the most organized. I used these expanding file holders. I would get a large one for worksheets and activities I created. I would use a small one to hold articulation cards I created and picture visuals. I would also use index card holders to hold flash cards I made using index cards!
- Observing isn't
a free session/break. We want you to learn from us. I know
when I have students observing, I plan specific lessons on purpose.
I want them to see certain things. What goal was I addressing?
How did I reach it? What behaviors of the students did you
observe? How did I handle behavior management? How did I
differentiate? I created a form that I like my graduate students to use while they are observing me. This way, they have a guideline of what to look for. Not only that, they also have written down several lesson ideas that they can take away with them!
If you are a supervisor, you may want to offer this form for your graduate students. If you are a graduate students, you may want to impress your supervisors having it ready to go to take notes! I made this form available as a FREEBIE in my TpT store. You can access it HERE!
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