Penn Elementary, Bethlehem, PA
Early Field Experience, 4th Grade (September-December 2011)
I had my first ever field experience at William Penn Elementary School. I observed Mrs. Rudohlph's 4th grade Reading and Math class. At William Penn, I experienced a new kind of classroom, an open classroom where there were no walls or doors between each "classroom". This was something that I had to get used to, but it was very neat to observe. The students have to learn how to tune out distractions and focus on what their teacher is saying. I truly enjoyed being a pre-service teacher here and I learned a lot about how much patience a teacher truly must have. I got to teach a couple of lessons and conduct class activities during my time at William Penn.
field experience was at Nitschmann Middle School.
I observed Mrs. Dugan's 6th grade Special
Education Reading class. I cherish this experience
more than any of my other ones, because Mrs. Dugan
showed me how to work with students that have
special needs. Her philosophy was to push her
students "up and out", instead of helping them
with every problem they had. It is because of this
positive experience that I want to become a
Special Education teacher. Mrs. Dugan truly opened
my eyes to new possibilities and new ways of
teaching. I taught many small group lessons at
Nitschmann and conducted various activities
involving spelling words.
Moravian Academy Middle School, Bethlehem PA
Early Field Experience, 8th Grade Math Class (September-December 2012)My third field experience was at Moravian Academy Middle School. I observed Mrs. Overdorf's 8th grade Algebra class. This experience opened my eyes to the many challenges I will have to face as a Math teacher. I truly enjoyed watching how Mrs. Overdorf pushed her students to figure out problems on their own, instead of just giving them the answer. I had the opportunity to teach an Algebra lesson and conduct activities that aligned with math. I become well acquainted to the Smartboard in Mrs. Overdorf's room, as I used it to help Mrs. Overdorf as she taught. Whenever students had a question, Mrs. Overdorf would have me try my best to answer it. I really enjoyed this experience and learned so much from observing Mrs. Overdorf.