Early Perceptions<br /> We were anxious and excited to get started working with the students.<br />Only one of us had experience working with ESE students, so the rest of us weren’t sure what to expect.<br />Had a lot of fun planning the science experiments for the students.<br />
Introduction to the Setting<br />Inverness Primary School; Inverness, FL <br />Mural on wall in the main hallway at Inverness Primary School<br />
I am in the PTA at my oldest daughter’s school.
I love working with children.</li></li></ul><li>Personal Demographics<br />Loren Schenendorf<br />I am going to persue a degree in ESE.<br />My hobbies are running and cooking.<br />I currently am a Substitute teacher in Citrus County.<br />I have a dog named Bailey who loves to swim.<br />
Personal Demographics<br />GenaSeminera<br /><ul><li>I am currently pursuing my Elementary Education degree.
I enjoy running, hiking, and biking.</li></li></ul><li>Personal Demographics<br />Nancy Fairbrother<br />I will be getting married in 2011<br />I love playing the flute, piano, and trumpet<br />I love spending time with family and friends<br />
Engagement Activities<br />Types of Science Activities/Experiments<br /><ul><li>Oobleck- a fun gooey lesson on liquid and solid
Density- students observed the density of 3 different objects in 3 different liquids
Magnetic Attraction- the different types of objects that magnets will attract to
Penny Boat- students made boats from aluminum foil to see who’s boat would hold the most pennies </li></li></ul><li>Engagement Activities<br />How we got started:<br />We all share the same science class, which gave us the inspiration for our project.<br />Loren knew the ESE teacher that enabled us to get into that classroom to do these science activities/experiments at Inverness Primary School.<br />
Participant Demographics<br />13 total students: 8 girls and 5 boys<br />Age 10-11 years old<br />2 African Americans, 1 Hispanic, and 10 Caucasian students<br />Learning Disabilities: 11 language impaired and 2 emotionally handicapped<br />
Reflection of Experience<br />Tara Poyner<br />This experience was a very rewarding one. I have never really worked with children that have disabilities. I found that even though they have disabilities, they are still capable of doing a lot of things. The looks on their faces while doing the activities was priceless.<br /> I felt that our team did a great job of planning and executing the lessons. It took a lot of time to get everything together, but it was well worth it in the end! I was very fortunate to be a part of this group.<br />The life experiences that I now get to walk away with, I will cherish forever. I went in to teach the students some fun science activities, but I believe that I am the one that walked out learning more than they did.<br />
Reflection of Experience<br />Loren Schenendorf<br />My Teachers in Action project was such an awesome experience and had a great time spending time with these students. I was also very fortunate to have worked with a great group of future teachers…everyone did a remarkable job!! <br /> <br />The students truly enjoyed the hands on science activities that we incorporated in our classroom visit. They did such a great job with all the science experiments and were just thrilled they predicted the right outcome!! <br /> <br />Through this project, I have realized that just because these students have disabilities, it does not effect their love of learning and how authentic lessons can be fun and exciting!! We all had a great time and one of the little boy’s said…”this has been the best day.” <br />
Reflection of Experience<br />GenaSeminera<br /> Through this experience I learned that students, no matter the ability level, can learn and have fun doing so. Seeing the student’s reaction to the experiments was a great feeling. It was amazing to watch them as they tried the different experiments. I think that they really enjoyed the experiment with the water, honey, and oil. The students had the opportunity to discuss what they thought would happen with each other and then after the experiment, the students were amazed by what actually happened.<br /> I have always believed that hands-on activities benefit not only ESOL/ELL students or students with a disability, but every student. I think it’s very important for a teacher to be aware of every student’s needs and how to meet those needs. On the day that we did the experiments, one of them did not turn out the way it was intended to turn out, but the student didn’t care because he was having a great time doing something different from his every day routine and learning at the same time.<br />
Reflection of Experience<br />Monika Walker<br />Over the course of this semester, I have learned a lot about planning and implementing a service project. I have to admit that I was very intimidated in the beginning, but the process actually flowed very smoothly. When we actually went in and taught the science lessons, it was so rewarding to see the benefits of our labor. I actually heard one student say “This is the best day of school I have ever had!” I am not sure who had more fun, us or the students.<br />
Reflection of Experience<br />Nancy Fairbrother<br /> Overall I felt this was an amazing experience. During the volunteer time what impacted me the most was to see the excitement in the students when learning how to make something new. This experience has showed me first hand what it is like to work with persons with special needs. This was the first time I ever worked with a person with special needs and I got to see how important one on one time is with any student. In the future when I am a teacher I will definitely plan lessons to accommodate all learners in the classroom. <br />