March 17, 2010
Field Experience Reflection
I have really enjoyed the time that our class has spent at West Terrace Elementary
School. For starters, I feel like the entire school has been extremely receptive and welcoming to
our class. Their enthusiasm is definitely contagious! I also feel that by visiting Mrs. Gooch’s
class, we are gaining valuable experience that we can use when working with students in the
future. It is also nice to have the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with the students, and
build a relationship with them.
My student (Alex) is wonderful. My original lesson plan was over the different land
habitats. I did not know if the lesson would be too complicated or detailed for him. I could not
have been more wrong! On the very first day that we met, Alex informed me that he was reading
at a fourth grade reading level. He already knew everything that I was telling him! At first I was
panicking, then I realized that I would simply need to adapt. The next day that we met I made
sure to tailor the lesson to Alex’s individual needs. This incident taught me a lot about the role
of the teacher. Sometimes things are not going to go as you thought they would. During these
times, it is the job of the teacher to simply go with the flow.
In conclusion, I feel extremely fortunate that we have been given the opportunity to tutor
the students at West Terrace. This experience has allowed me to reflect on my educational
beliefs and practices. Also, I know that I am gaining valuable knowledge that will help me to
increase my awareness of students. I look forward to continuing our tutoring after the students
return from their Spring Break!