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.