You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."
-Clay P. Bedford
My first educational experience was at Ritter Elementary School located in Allentown, PA. I had the opportunity to assist and work with the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teachers for grades Kindergarten through fifth grade. During classroom instruction, I helped monitor the students for lesson comprehension. Since the classroom was made up of students from different cultures, which did not fully understand the English language, helping them “keep up” was critical. I was fortunate to fully experience the ESOL program and witness firsthand the amazing progress these students had made. On the last day of my field experience, I taught a lesson on the planets. The kids were very engaged and interested. The facts I presented on all the planets raised their curiosity, which then generated great questions from them. It was very exciting to see their drive and desire to learn.
My next educational experience was at Nitschmann Middle School located in Bethlehem, PA. I was assigned to Mr. Rodenbach’s sixth grade class. I monitored their class work and assisted Mr. Rodenbach with answering any questions the kids may have had pertaining to the lessons. I also provided tutoring sessions for some of the students who were having difficulty with their math problems. In another class, I presented a movie Mr. Rodenbach had assigned for that day and led the students in a classroom discussion. I became very involved in the student’s daily activities. In fact, they had planned a field trip in October to the Jacobsburg State Park in Wind gap and invited me along. We decorated pumpkins and had a contest, had lunch, went for a walk on the trail and later sat around together and reflected on the day. It was truly an honor for me to have spent quality time with such amazing kids.