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Hannah Dover: Early Childhood Education

Hannah participated in practicum by taking ECE 332.

What type of projects did you work on as part of your Experiential Learning course?

I was a practicum student in a second grade classroom

What day to day tasks were part of this experience?

I taught one whole group and one small group lesson everyday and lead morning meeting. I also was in the classroom to help the teacher with other activities.

What did you learn unexpectedly? 

I think that the most unexpected thing that I learned from this experience is that part of my job as a teacher is being an authority figure. As a teacher, I can set expectations and be authoritative and this helps my students thrive and be successful.

How has this experience influenced your career goals? 

Being in the second grade classroom has made up my mind about wanting to teach second grade when I graduate.

What types of new opportunities are now available because of the experience?

I know that my mentor teacher would give me a glowing letter of recommendation for future job applications.