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Maren Ostenson: English

Maren completed a Practicum in Secondary Education by taking ENGL 378.

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

I was in a practicum classroom experience. I observed and taught highschool English once a week at Timpview high with Mrs. Crawley's 9th honors class and 9th ELA class.

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

I planned lessons, taught consecutive class periods on Wednesdays, reflected and reviewed with my cooperating teacher, and completed a practice PPAT test.

What did you unexpectedly learn?

I learned a lot about classroom management and reflecting on on lessons and changing them to meet the students needs.

How has this experience influenced your career goals?

I really want to focus on students as individuals and use my understanding of them and the class as a whole to guide my lesson planning and teaching.

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

I am now prepared for student teaching and prepared to complete the PPAT that is required for my certification.