Teacher's Notebook

Summer Teacher Externship

In Teacher's Notebook

By Amando Cantu
July 19, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.
Updated July 19, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.


On the week of July 17th, I participated in a “Summer Teacher Externship Program” hosted by Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent. The objective of this program is for teachers to partner with a community business entity, gain knowledge of the entity, create a lesson plan and presentation from the experience, and provide a transfer-of-learning opportunity for the teachers to impart on their students. Workforce Solutions partnered me with The Victoria Advocate, and I could not have been more pleased with my assignment. The Gods must have been working in my favor, because the first time I did this program, I worked with News Center 25, which was just as thrilling! During this externship, I gained an understanding of what it is like for a newspaper reporter. While I did not have an “idea” of what it would be like, I sure was not prepared for what I encountered. Keep in mind, however, I say this in the utmost positive manner possible. While many would assume the employees just “report” what is happening in the community, these employees actually wear many different hats. If they are not reporting for the newspaper, they are also working with the local magazine, attending important community meetings, collaborating with different department heads, and collaborating with one another, hoping to acquire constructive criticism for their work. An important factor at the Advocate, which does bear mentioning, is the extremely relaxed and inviting environment. Right away, I was accepted by the employees and I felt very comfortable. Equally enjoyable were the different personalities that each employee has and how confident they are in what they do.

As I said before, I am ever so thankful that I was given this opportunity to work with The Victoria Advocate. I picked up many valuable insights that can be taught to my students in the professional communications course. Two of learning events that stood out included teaching technical language in the field of journalism and creating a blog. With more familiarity, I feel a bit more comfortable with utilizing these concepts in my teaching.

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