School Grade/Subject Cooperating Teacher Time
5th grade/mathematics Mrs. C. Santana 40 hours over fall semester 2009
7th grade/life science Mr. T. Tancin 40 hours over spring semester 2010
Middle Prep Literacy Academy/RASA

Early Field Experience

I have completed two early field experiences within Bethlehem Area School District.  The first of my two experiences came at Middle Prep Literacy Academy, also known as RASA (Regional Academic Standards Academy), in the fall of 2009.  In the academy of approximately sixty students with home and academic difficulties, I worked under Mrs. C. Santana in a fifth grade math class.  Working with these children, I learned how to adapt the curriculum to special needs and how to simultaneously give specialized attention while still educating the entire class.  The most rewarding aspect of this experience was the respect that I received from the students, which, as Mrs. Santana commented, was the most respect any student teacher or volunteer ever garnered while at Middle Prep.

East Hills Middle School

Early Field Experience

In my second early field experience, I worked under Mr. Tom Tancin teaching seventh grade life science classes at East Hills Middle School in the Spring of 2010.  At East Hills, I had the pleasure of working with two A track classes, two B track classes, and two C track classes.  The C track classes were classes of inclusion, and approximately three quarters of the students in each C track class had an IEP.  During the periods of the two C track classes, I additionally worked with Miss Megan Lissi, Mr. Tancin’s co-teacher.  My experience with the seventh graders of all tracks was second to none as I made bonds with the students.  During my time at East Hills, I again learned how to match the curriculum to certain needs and how to give individualized instruction, but I also learned just what you need to provide the students to motivate them to learn.  After this second early field experience in the middle school, I came to realize that a teacher must do much more than give lectures and homework, but assist in making the students feel safe, valued, and included, among many other things.
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