I began today with my first visit to Camarena Elementary, where Janice is working in first grade, mentored by Lee Lidstone. When I came in the room, Janice was helping a student read a book out loud. For her project, Janice is working with Lee to design an end-of-year art project in which the students will create representations of their learning throughout the year. Janice is creating a prototype based on her year next week. You can read more on Janice's Digital Portfolio here. Here's a picture of Janice with the class:
Next I went to the Border View YMCA, where Melanye is designing structures to help volunteer coaches make sure they are creating valuable learning experiences for their teams. In order to do this she's researching YMCAs across the country looking for best practices. You can read more on Melanye's blog, and you can (sort of) see Melanye with one of her spreadsheets behind her in this photo (it's a self portrait, so the unusual camera angle was entirely her decision):
At noon I met with Andres - he and his mentor came to my classroom, because she's a regional director of marketing for the YMCA and doesn't have a specific base. Andres is going to be helping his mentor bring a technique from her previous work at Otay Ranch Mall to the YMCA: "traffic grids", measuring foot traffic at different locations. Andres will be running a "proof of concept" trial of the method to see what it can tell the YMCA about high-volume and low-volume days and times. Here's Andres and a fellow-intern manning a YMCA marketing stand at an elementary school exhibition:
My final stop was the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, where Lynnee is the main liaison with the curators and jurors of their third annual 25-and-Under Art Contest - she's also writing a whole lot of copy! You can read more on Lynnee's blog here. Here she is with her mentor, Cris:
Started my day at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town San Diego, where Kirsten is interning. She'll be blogging for the theatre about the full production process, sitting in on auditions, reading scripts, writing press releases... the list goes on. It's awesome. Read more on her blog, here.
Next, on to Boost Collaborative, where Madison is helping to design and run events for educators and education leaders! You can read more on her blog here. Here she is practicing the "elevator pitch" she wrote yesterday. Note that she is delivering it as if actually on an elevator:
Then I headed to Liberty Station, where Sofia is interning at the Women's Museum of California. Now, I've been a little envious of every student I've visited, but I think Sofia has the job I want the most - she's researching female musicians from the 1960s and 1970s who were involved with the Women's Liberation movement, as part of an upcoming exhibit. She's even putting together a playlist. So, so awesome. You can read more on her blog here.
I ended the day at the Media Arts Center and Digital Gym on El Cajon Boulevard, where Alyssa is making movies! You can read more about that on her blog here, but today is Take Back the Alley, so when I saw her she was potting succulents in plastic bottles. Here she is, mid-potting:
My first visit today was to Wild Willow Farm and Education Center, a working organic farm that also hosts visits from schools. Roxanna and Sierra are interning at Wild Willow - I found the two of them eating lunch with the rest of the crew around a communal table in a tent. They gave me a tour of the farm - early on we discovered that a couple of chickens were roaming even more freely than was intended. We saw the chicken coop and Sierra returned a few to their enclosure, then we visited the goats. You can read more about this internship on Sierra's blog and Roxanna's blog.
Here are some photos from the farm:
Next, I went to Bonita to see Brandon R at Koala Financial. They're giving him a thorough financial grounding on everything from working out percentages to understanding the impact of quantitative easing on their clients' retirement plans. You can read more on Brandon's blog.
Here's Brandon on the job - in his own words, "I would smile but I personally don't like to smile".
I ended the day visiting Nayel at South Bay Family Chiropractic. I got to see the chiropracter, Dr. Biscotti, in action! Nayel's interested in pursuing some kind of sports medicine, and she tells me she's learned a huge amount already. I completely forgot to get a photo, but you can read more about Nayel's internship on her blog here.
Internship is back, which means once again I'm driving all over San Diego County to places I've never been before, and seeing our students doing amazing things!
Today I visited Abe at B&M Auto Repair in El Cajon, where he's being mentored by mechanics Big Will & Little Will (genuinely, that's what they told me to call them). They started out by driving around the county doing on-the-spot repairs, then decided to settle down at a single location. They explained to me that they specialize in low-cost repair, and while I was there they gave a customer a new tire that they'd been holding on to for when he needed it. They told him to pay for it as soon as he could. "He needs the tire to get to work, to get his paycheck", Little Will explained to me. You can read more about Abe's internship on his own blog, here.
Here are a couple photos of Abe taking a tire off a car:
Man, our students' internships are so awesome!
I started today at Cobra Puma Golf, where Sydney T is interning with Jose Miraflor in the Research and Development department. Sydney's intern project is to do a competitive analysis of women's products, collecting and analyzing at the product ranges of seven competitors in order to see where they are competing and at what price points. As Jose put it, "in my department we have a bunch of men making choices about products for women - having a young woman working here for a month, we wanted to get her input!" You can read more on Sydney's blog, here.
My next stop was the Leo Carrillo ranch historic park, where Lucas will be starting on Monday (his planned internship with San Diego Parks was abruptly cancelled following last week's fires, but he's taken this in stride and found an amazing-looking job. More to follow on this next week!)
Then on to San Marcos Elementary, where Francisco is interning with librarian Dylane White. Francisco's work ranges from organizing books to helping students use powerpoint to reading aloud and recommending books. He writes on his blog that "One skill that improved the most is being able to listen to multiple kids at the same time because around three to four kids rush up to me and ask me questions on something about their reading level and "where are the chapter books?". Francisco also has been using the book scanner to check out books, which he describes as a childhood dream.
For his internship project, Francisco is researching all the summer reading programs happening across the county, and creating a presentation and brochure about them to share with parents. You can read more on Francisco's blog, here.
After that I drove back down to Berggren & Associates land surveyors in Miramar (which coincidentally is next door to the UPS Store HQ, where Daniel is interning).
Andrew is at Berggren and Associates, interning with John Berggren himself. Before their meeting with me, they had been in Chula Vista, surveying a site for a deep well that will be dug there. For his internship project, Andrew is going to research cutting-edge surveying equipment and make recommendations about what (if anything) the company should purchase.
All three of the internship projects I heard about today exemplify the main quality of a good internship project: it should be an high-level, extended, coherent piece of work that a more senior person would love to be able to do, but will never have time to do themselves.
As is becoming traditional with my final visit of the day, I forgot to take a photo of Andrew and John - but you can read more on Andrew's blog, here.
Two last-minute cancellations meant I only went on one site visit today. Fortunately, it was very cool: I was visiting Daniel and his mentor Sara at the central headquarters of The UPS Store, in Miramar.
Daniel and Sarah told me about what they're doing over complimentary coffee in the canteen. Daniel's got two main responsibilities: moderating and responding to comments from UPS Store Small Biz Buzz Community, and researching digital signage on behalf of the company, looking at costs, benefits, drawbacks and ultimately making a recommendation to his managers. I was impressed by the level of work that Sara is having Daniel do - this is what a serious internship looks like! In fact, the first thing she told me was she wasn't letting anyone give Daniel menial tasks (the specific term she used was apt, but a bit too strong for this blog).
I got a tour of the building, including the "UPS University", where all new franchise owners undergo training. The tour ended at Sara's cubicle, where the two of them are both currently working (Daniel's excited to be working in a cubicle). You can read more about Daniel's internship on his blog, here.
I had jury duty downtown today, so I couldn't schedule any internship visits, but I slipped out at lunch and paid an unannounced visit to Alex W and his mentor, Christopher Osborne, at the Cowboy Star restaurant, which is just a few blocks from the courthouse.
Despite my surprise appearance, Christopher and Alex were extremely accommodating, and Alex showed me his copious notes, including a diagram of the salad station, and a recipe for shrimp stew (written, for reasons known only to Alex, in the Cyrillic alphabet).
Cowboy Star is opening a second location in Colorado Springs, which presents a great opportunity for Alex's intern project: he will be costing the restaurant's menu, weighing and pricing each ingredient in order to work out their budget.
You can read more on Alex's blog, here.
Right now, four students are doing their internships in other countries.
In Mexico, Lesley is helping victims of domestic abuse (her blog is here).
In Italy, Maddy is working with a doctor (her blog is here).
In the far north of England, Cassilyn and Erina are transforming education (Cassilyn's blog is here. Erina has limited access to technology, but she'll be posting tons of stuff when she gets back next week).
Internship is back!!!!!!!!!!
I love nearly everything about my job, but the two things I love most are seeing my students run an exhibition event, and visiting them at their internships. The past two Tuesdays have been good to me. Last Tuesday was our book launch, and this Tuesday is the first day of exhibition visits!
I started the day by visiting Aaron and his mentor, Gilad Hoffman, at the Beth Israel Congregation in University City. At our meeting, Aaron rattled off a list of duties ranging from analyzing school attendance trends designing a seasonal display for the preschool, but his most important duty, which will form the core of his internship project, will be to design and organize eight major events for the Congregation's youth group events next year. You can read more about Aaron's internship on his internship blog here.
Next, I headed to Mira Mesa, where Avery is interning with Michael Kadie, who got his start building an electric race car, and is now building battery management systems for all types of electric vehicles. The problem with current battery management systems, as Michael explained to me, is that they drain too much power (the analogy that occurs to me here is if your laptop battery got drained by the lights that indicate how much charge it has). Right now, Avery is helping Michael to make and test circuit boards that will manage lithium batteries in Spinergy electric wheelchairs While I was there, Avery was hand-assembling and baking (yes, literally baking) circuit boards. You can read more on Avery's internship blog here.
Just a bit further south, I visited Sydney at the Playwrights Project, which hosts an annual competition for young playwrights. Sydney is producing a promotional video for the project over the next four weeks, which right now means looking at a huge amount of archival footage from past shows. She's also working on this year's competition but she won't be evaluating any submissions - there is a conflict of interest because she has submitted her own play to the competition! You can read more on Sydney's internship blog, here.
I ended the day at visiting Brittany, who's interning with Kerry Ferguson, who teaches kindergarten at an amazing school that I knew nothing about before today - the John Muir School, where students pursue extended projects based on Paideia, an approach to education developed by philosopher and educator Mortimer Adler. It sounds awesome, and I want to learn more about it. The class is halfway through an eight-week project called "The Barnyard Moosical", and right now the classroom has eggs in an incubator which are due to hatch tomorrow. Brittany is creating a webpage to document the full process using photos, text, and video. I was so excited about all this that I completely forgot to take a photo of Brittany and Kerry, but you can read more about Brittany's internship on her blog, here.
In the morning I headed back to the Naval Hospital to see Aaron and his mentor Andrew. There was no cast-making today, but I got to hear about all the different areas of work Aaron's been involved with. You can read more on his blog here.
After that I checked in with Jason C and his mentor Oliver. Jason's in the process of creating a "wireframe" of the company's website, to help developers to update it. It's really exciting to see how much he's getting an opportunity to engage in real world web design. You can read more on Jason's blog here.