Work Study/Period 6/7
June 13, 2006
When I first came into the class, I had previous
knowledge that the class would spend the last two periods of the day
at a real work-site. I had also known that each student would be
sent to a site that dealt with something that they had an interest
in, whether it is culinary or something to do with engineering. As
time went on, it became apparent that it would not be an easy class.
It would take time and patience before anyone would be able to go
out. Each member of the class would have to do some research on
their selected field of study. Then there was the internet program
of Bridges in which each student created an account and then their
own personal profile in which to save their work. The program also
ranked each of our abilities to show which was better developed and
which ones would be able to be taken from job to job. It would also
rank our personal beliefs of what was more important when in the
workplace. As the weeks passed, the class began getting a bit
impatient wanting to go out to a job and start getting some hands on
experience. As we were given our placements, there was some jealousy
due to some students getting placed at jobs that another person
wanted. All in all, everyone became comfortable with each other and
the types of jobs they were performing.
Personally, after being placed at the Barrington Middle
School Materials Lab, I couldn't have been happier. I was working
under the guidance of a previous teacher, Mr. Topazio. At first the
students were a bit hesitant about my presence, but soon began to
warm up to me. I had been lucky in a way. My first week on the job
had been the last week of the Quinta in which the Middle Schools
schedule revolves around. The second week out began the start of the
Second Quinta, which meant a new group of seventh graders during the
sixth period as well as a new group of sixth graders during the
seventh period during which I was there.
My mentor was very open and accepting with my presence.
I had been given what some might call odd jobs around the classroom,
from putting a finish projects from the First Quinta to finishing
putting them together. With each new Quinta came new groups of
students, some were more open than others were, but each group was
the same. Some needed more attention to paid to then others, while
some needed more help with putting the projects together.
As time went on, things started to seem as though they
moved faster. Projects were being completed at a faster rate for the
students. They seemed to be enjoying there experiences as much as I
was while under the supervision of Mr. Topazio. This internship has
helped me in more ways than can be described. Not only have I been
able to get hands-on experience with working in a company, but also
have been able to learn multiply tasks from which many different
jobs would require. I have learned to be a student teacher, as well
as a teacherís helper. I also feel as though everything that I have
learned about during my time as an intern at the Middle School will
leave a very unique perspective to be brought to any company that I
may be looking into in the near future and farther along in my
This portfolio shows all of the skills that I have
developed and incorporated through my internship. Not only had I had
experience using some of the tools that were available to me and the
students in the class, but I had also learned how to use some of
them more intricately when creating specialized projects. My
experience at the job site goes farther than I had anticipated they
would. At first I thought that I would just be there to assist Mr.
Topazio in helping watch over his class. I had never given thought
to being able to make any project of my own. I had had some
knowledge that I would be finishing up some of the projects that had
not been completely finished by the end of the Quintas.
Even though the year has come to an end and I am forced
to leave the workplace, I will still look back onto all that I have
done. I will take every experience, good and bad, and turn them into
something that will make my future work abilities better.