As a student teacher, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in all of the aspects of the profession to prepare me to become the Health and Physical Education teacher that I hope to be. The challenge was to plan lessons that would keep the students engaged and interested in physical education so that they can adapt a healthy lifestyle and remain healthy and active throughout their lifetimes.
What was Valuable About the Experience
I was able to teach the classes and become a part of the school staff. I participated in everything that my cooperative teacher did, including drop-off and pick-up duty, recess duty, and cafeteria duty. By participating in these activities, I was able to get to know the students and the other teachers in the school and truly felt that I became a part of the fabric of the school community.
The Coolest Part of the Experience
The coolest part of the experience for me was to see that I was making a difference. Knowing that I was able to reach a student or help a student to master a new task or skill and to see the pure joy and excitement on their face was truly priceless. Also, it felt great when students would get excited to see me or be so eager to come to class and enjoy the activities and lessons that I had planned.
Who I Met that Made a Difference
The person who made the biggest difference was my cooperative teacher at my first student teaching placement. She was a true mentor and provided me with solid advice and support, but also enabled me to take over her classes and teach my own lessons.
My academic advisor and research advisor, Dr. Engstrom, and the faculty of the Exercise and Sport Science and Education departments at Ursinus all also made a difference. They prepared me for each experience and opportunity and have inspired me to become a teacher who will also be able to make a difference in my students’ lives in the future.
Ursinus College Softball Team (team captain 2014-2015 season), Phi Kappa Epsilon, Relay for Life