Mr. Blouse's
Educational Experiences

"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well."
- Alexander the Great


Farmersville Elementary, Kindergarten
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My first field experience was at Farmersville Elementary in the Bethlehem Area School District. I was in Mrs. Veronica McCauley's kindergarten class. Kindergarten ... wow, what a welcome to education and what a wonderful experience. I thoroughly enjoyed watching and helping our students gain confidence and academic knowledge. Their emotional and personal skills progressed daily, and that was another rewarding aspect of the experience. Though it was just a 10-week, 40-hour placement, I felt like the value of working with kindergarten students was immeasurable.

Northeast Middle School, Sixth Grade
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My second field experience was at Northeast Middle School in the Bethlehem Area School District. I was placed in Mr. Brian Heller's sixth-grade mathematics/reading class. Certainly, graduating from kindergarten to the sixth grade was an interesting jump in academic, emotional and personal abilities. It was a great opportunity to see the mathematics curriculum at that level, and the importance of classroom management and maximizing time on task. This was another 10-week, 40-hour placement that helped me immensely as I continue toward the path of becoming an elementary teacher.

James Buchanan Elementary, Fourth Grade
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My pre-student teaching experience was at James Buchanan Elementary School in the Bethlehem Area School District. I was in Mr. Eric Bellucci's fourth-grade class. Well, after testing the waters at the kindergarten and sixth-grade levels, I think I found a perfect fit in fourth grade (though each level has its positives). Teachers at the fourth-grade level teach all the subjects as students find their comfort zones as young people - both academically and with extracurricular activities. This was a six-week, 100-hour placement that afforded me the invaluable opportunity of developing and teaching my own lessons.

Other Experiences
During my 12 years as a sports writer at The Express-Times in Easton, Pa., I periodically visited elementary and middle schools in the Easton, Phillipsburg, Wilson and Pen Argyl area school districts as a featured speaker. I educated students about my career in the newspaper business and day-to-day duties as a sports writer, often leading abbreviated lessons about interviewing skills and alliteration.

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