So for my education major, I am in a class this semester called Reading in the Content Area. It is basically a class that educates future teachers on how to incorporate more english and reading into any type of classroom. We have learned many different reading strategies that can be used in lessons that help teach not only the main subject of the class, whether it be science, math, or history, but reading and literacy as well.
For this class, I was placed at Mckinley High School to complete my observation hours and field experience. I was able to observe a math teacher there who taught many different math classes throughout the day— AP Calculus, Advanced Algebra II/Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus. Part of the requirements for the field experience was to administer 3-minute reading assessments to students in the class to see about what level all of the students were at. Everyone I tested generally scored really well! Another requirement was to teach a lesson to the class. I taught my lesson this past Tuesday, and I was super nervous!
This was the first lesson that I taught to an actual class, as opposed to teaching practice lessons to my fellow students at Walsh. I was really anxious but so excited because this means that I am that much closer to graduating and becoming an actual teacher! Another reason I was nervous though was because I had to include a set number of reading strategies in the lesson I was teaching them. So here I am trying to teach a math lesson (which always isn’t the most popular with students, I’m sure you know) but on top of it telling them that they have to read as well (you can only imagine how excited I thought they would be now)! I really thought that the students were going to be bored out of their minds and not pay attention at all.
To my surprise, they loved it! Well, I don’t know if they loved it, but they at least paid attention and participated the entire time! I had one activity where the students were able to use their imagination to write a short math story, and they really got into it! I talked with my cooperating teacher after my lesson, and he said that he really thought the students enjoyed the lesson. It was a nice change of pace for them, so they were willing to stay active and involved in the class.
Overall, it was a great field experience this semester, and it really got me excited to be a teacher one day! The next year and a half is going to continue to fly by, but I definitely have a positive outlook on my future!
Have a great week Cavs!