Introduction to Education (EDU 2104) Course Reflection

I had the opportunity to take Introduction to Education (EDU 2104) in the fall of 2012. While in this class, I was informed gist of information for required steps in receiving certification to become a teacher. I learned how to build my own philosophy of education, the impact of community services, how to set up a lesson plan, and the different ways of assessing students.

I’ve known what kind of teacher I want to be since I first discovered my interest in teaching. However, building my philosophy in education made me become aware of what kind of of areas I want my students to grow in. I’m able to apply the advantages I experienced in school to students. I want to motivate students to learn even in subjects they take no interest in.

During my participation in community services, I had the opportunity to help in the classrooms of teachers who have been teaching for many years. I worked at Northbeach Elementary school in north Seattle where I was a tutor and a classroom assistant. This experience provided me with hands on knowledge I need when working with children.

We learned how to create lesson plans according the different requirements. I found lesson planning to be my favorite part of the class because I was able to put I was learning in class to work. I learned about standardized testing, state and national standards, EALR’s, GLE’s, and PE’s. At the end of it all, we were given an opportunity to build own lesson plan. I chose a 3rd grade reading lesson where students were to discuss their favorite characters from previous books read to their peers.

Finally, we learned the different ways of assessing students in both summative and formative matter. Summative assessments are the end of the unit assessment and can be unit tests, standardized testing or finals. Formative assessment happens daily and informs teachers of their own assessment. Teachers use techniques like warm up questions, exit tickets thumbs up thumbs down and more. We also learned about proper ways of setting up a test. Whether its multiple choices, fill in the blanks or essays, we learned ways to avoid ambiguity when testing student’s knowledge.

Overall, I’ve learned a great deal of information in EDU 2104. Now that I’ve built my philosophy, I can work on putting it to action. I can take the many advices and techniques I saw through my community services at Northbeach elementary for my future classrooms. I’m now able to write a lesson plan and be able to meet the requirements in state and national level as well as attend to the Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs), Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) and PE’s. I can use the knowledge of assessments to assess students in the lessons I plan on providing. EDU 2104 has strengthened my knowledge of how to approach the field of teaching. It provided me with confirmation that becoming a teacher is my calling and enthusiasm in completing the remaining years at Seattle Pacific University.

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5 Responses to Introduction to Education (EDU 2104) Course Reflection

  1. kuhnr2012 says:

    I think its incredible to look back at the beginning of the year and see how much we have grown as future educators. Your course reflections shows everything that you have learned and really shows the areas that you grew in. I like how you mentioned your teaching philosophy in this posting because that is the core of who we are as teachers. I also mentioned the two different kinds of assessments in my posts as wel. I found that to be rather interesting and explained a lot of the activities I participated in high school. I agree with you on the lesson planning, that was one of my favorite parts as well. I thought it was going to be hard at first; however, as we began to do it more and more, it became and easier task. I love that we are able to put so much creativity into what we will be teaching our future students. I am so excited that you gained so much while being enrolled in this course and it is excellent that it has helped strengthen your calling.

  2. roberstm says:

    It seems clear that you are pursuing a career in a field that is definitely in an appropriate area for you. As a future educator, were all going to have to devote many hours each day to lesson planning, so you’re already at an advantage with your experience and enthusiasm for preparing lessons. I think you did a great of showing your understanding of formative and summative assessments as well as required national and state standards too. I like how you applied all of this into your teaching philosophy, and related it all to your experience at North Beach Elementary School. Overall, I think you did a great job of demonstrating your knowledge on important aspects of the course, and how you plan on implementing them into your classroom when you become a teacher.

  3. petersenm says:

    What an excellent report! It is clear that you have a passion for teaching and are already excited to start. This report shows a knowledge of the information given in this class. It is clear and direct. I am glad that your volunteer time was an opportunity for growth for you. It is very exciting to think that we will have our own class someday! All in all, this response was very professional but very beautiful at the same time. Well done!

  4. stuthridgehj says:

    Your reflection is inspiring, and it reminds me of why I chose this field. It is encouraging to see someone as enthusiastic as you reflecting on your time in this class, and the parts that were your favourite. As our colleagues have already pointed out, I really think it is to your advantage to enjoy the lesson plan aspect of our job. This will make things easier for you in the long run. I really am excited for you, and can’t wait to be a fellow educator of yours in this world!

  5. emjemerson says:

    You did a really great job summarizing everything that we’ve learned over the quarter! You have obviously given everything a lot of thought, and are definitely passionate about the field of teaching. Everything was really well explained, and I appreciate that you included definitions and detail on what exactly you learned. Awesome job!
    -Emily

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