My Experiences Inside The Classroom
My very first field experience was at Fountain Hill in Bethlehem, PA. I was in a kindergarten classroom and my cooperating teacher was an amazing man. I would spend four hours a week there and I would go in on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I really enjoyed this experience because I knew that my other classmates were not able to interact in their classroom as much as I was able to. I was able to engage with them in their activities and on some days my teacher allowed me to go through the opening activites, such as going over the color wheel, the days of the week, and the months of the year. I really enjoyed the time that I got to interact with them because it allowed me time to get comfortable with them, as well as allowing me to get to know their names and personalities better. This field experience solidified my decision in wanting to become a teacher. The students in my classroom were a delight to work with and I gained so much more than I had anticipated from this experience.
My second experience was at Hanover Elementary in Bethlehem, PA. It was quite different from my first experience because I was interacting with students who were much older. In this school I was in the fourth grade. The kids were awesome and their motivation to work really inspired me to continue on the path of wanting to become a teacher. Further, in this classroom I was able to hold more sophisticated conversation with the students, therefore I was able to develop stronger relationships when it came to knowing them as a student and as a person. When it came to my duty inside the classroom I was responsible for helping the students prepare for their PSSA's. I would take about five students for about an hour each and work through a packet of examples of what they could be expected to do on the PSSA's. It was inspiring to me to see how well they all worked together and how well they reacted to me helping them. I was disappointed that my time at Hanover had to end, but I knew that my future experiences were just going to get better.
My current field just ended and it was at Liberty High School. This experience was quite different from my previous ones because it was less of an observational experience, rather it was a tutoring experience. The tutoring I was doing required me to work with English Language Learners. My task was much more complex when it came to helping them because I had to reevaluate how to teach students who barely understood English. Going into the experience I was nervous because I was not sure that I would be able to make a difference in their lives or help them in any way, but it turns out that I was wrong. By the end of my experience I had made major improvement in their learning, because my cooperating teacher told me that their levels on acquisition in reading and on the computer had moved up significantly since our time together. Further, I was able to establish a working and comfortable relationship with my students, which was important because I did not want them to feel as if I was judging them. It was important for them to feel comfortable because without that type of relationship they would not have felt compelled to tell me when they were struggling and not understanding. My experience at Liberty significantly altered the way that I see English Language Leaners and gave me a greater appreciation for the types of teachers that take the time and patience to help them learn.