My first field placement was at Northeast Middle School. I was assigned to an 8th grade literature course for at-risk students. The class was small and conducted in a literature circle in which students would read and discuss various young adult novels. My experience at Northeast allowed me to learn about the importance of student-teacher relationships. I was also able to learn various techniques for working with at-risk students.
My second field placement was at Lincoln Elementary School. I partook in a true hands-on experience in the 5th grade language arts class. I was responsible for reading various short stories aloud to the class as well as conducting warm-up lessons involving grammar and punctuation. On several occasions I was able to teach short segments of lessons that involved the correct usage of words. I gained the confidence necessary to conduct a classroom during this experience.
My final field
placement, at Nitschmann Middle School, was in a 7th
grade PSSA language arts class. The purpose of this
class was to increase PSSA scores in both the reading
and writing sections. The students’ progress was
monitored closely to ensure that they were achieving
optimally. Practice exercises in workbooks as well as
on the computers, independent reading, and group
reinforcement lessons were keys to the functioning of