凯拉 ZapcicClass of 2021 • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- Internship, Sudlersville Elementary School
Since the beginning of her sophomore year, she has been interning at Sudlersville Elementary School in Queen Anne’s County, shadowing and student-teaching in both kindergarten 一年级的教室. After being accepted into the program at the beginning of her junior year, she is on track to earn her teaching certification in the state of Maryland, alongside her human development major.
Working closely with the education department, 凯拉 is grateful for the guidance 她的教授. “When it comes to finding your placement for your elementary school field experience,” she explains, “[the department] is very diligent, making sure you 拥有你需要的一切.”
After finishing most of her distribution requirements, she began focusing on her education course load throughout her sophomore year, while simultaneously shadowing 在幼儿园的教室里. “I love bringing the values and concepts we learn at Washington College to real life in the classroom,” she adds.
The next year, in a first-grade classroom, 凯拉 put her teaching skills to the test - writing and teaching her own lesson plans independently. 每周在她的流程中 and Acquisition of Reading course, she writes a lesson plan, three of which will be taught throughout the course of the semester to her first-graders. 带上她自己的 lessons to the front of the classroom is nerve-wracking, yet exciting. “使用 Maryland State Standards, I get to think of my own lessons and create fun, learning activities to bring to my class.”
In the education department, seniors are expected to teach 全职 throughout their spring semester, a plunge that 凯拉 is thrilled to take. 沉浸在 classroom environment, she can’t imagine a better way to prepare for her future as 小学老师.
Back on campus, 凯拉 is consistently improving her teaching approach, particularly 通过她的课程作业. In Professor Clarke-Vivier’s Educational 心理学 course, she learned new approaches to teaching, particularly as it relates to a student’s 幸福和情绪健康.
“We learn about teaching effectively in a classroom, while also making sure we don’t neglect the human aspect of a student,” she explains, “He/She is a human being with thoughts and feelings of his/her own, which we must take into consideration.”
Apart from teaching, 凯拉 is a Shorewoman at heart. 终于站在人群中 year’s War on the Shore game, she truly felt the camaraderie on campus. 数以百计的 students filled the stands as Goose Nation’s men’s lacrosse team fought Salisbury 在球场上. Regardless of the loss, everyone was unified and excited, and that’s 一个她永远不会忘记的时刻.
Imagine taking a course with four different professors, each teaching their own specialty 在同一学科中. That was 普通心理学 for 凯拉 and her classmates, 一次独一无二的经历. “It was really cool to be exposed to so many different teaching styles,” she explains, “while simultaneously knowing that you’re being taught by the best in that field at Washington College.” At the culmination of this class, the foundation was laid; 凯拉 knew she wanted to pursue a minor in psychology.
第二年进行过渡 Education Internship, Kindergarten Classroom
As a sophomore, she had already finished the brunt of her distribution requirements; shifting her focus to education, 凯拉 was ready to begin shadowing in a classroom. Along with her education classes, she began interning 在幼儿园的教室里. “The combination of these two things really solidified the fact that I wanted to be 一个老师.”
In the education department, real-world experiences are limitless. 作为一名实习生 a 一年级 classroom, 凯拉 is bringing her coursework to life. 写作课 plans in her Processes and Acquisition of Reading class, she will teach three of them over the course of her first semester. Using Maryland State Standards as a guide, 凯拉 is thrilled to stand in front of the class, teaching on her own, while engaging 学生们. “[This internship] is setting me up to be comfortable in front of a classroom,” she says, which is an indispensable skill to learn so early in her career.
In the spring of her senior year, 凯拉 will be in the classroom every day, student-teaching 全职. She is thrilled to take on this new responsibility, learning hands-on with her students, while being mentored by the teachers at Sudlersville Elementary School, as well as her education professors. After graduation, she plans to work in Maryland 作为一名小学教师. “In my experience so far, I really like teaching 一年级.”