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Kaitlin Conlin: Elementary Education

Kaitlin completed a K-2 Practicum Seminar by taking EL ED 330.

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

During my practicum experience I taught in a kindergarten class every day. This helps me learn how to become a better teacher.

What day-to-day tasks were part of this experience?

I taught kindergarteners everyday, helped them learn to read, and assisted the teacher throughout her daily activities.

What did you learn unexpectedly?

I learned that I am a capable teacher. At first I was worried I wasn’t ready to be in charge of a classroom. But this experience helped me realize I can teach kids in an effective manner.

How has this experience influenced your career goals?

Before working with the kindergarteners I thought I wanted to teach an older elementary school grade. Now I plan on teaching a younger grade because I loved it so much.

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

I now have references and connections in that school that would recommend me for a job, or even hire me at the school I taught in.