Hi all! I hope you are having a lovely week!
I want to take a minute to praise the University of Scranton for all of the amazing real-world experiences it provides for us students. As a Secondary Education and English double-major, I am especially grateful that the teacher-candidacy process allows me to take full advantage of these opportunities! This past Friday, I observed 8th grade English classes for the first time at Valley View Middle School, located approximately fifteen minutes away from campus! The purpose of my observation was to identify different forms of assessment utilized by the teacher. I loved being able to identify different teaching styles and assessment techniques (and of course, I also loved dressing up in my ‘teacher clothes!’ ) But in all seriousness, the environment was so warm and welcoming, and after only being there for one day, I already have learned so much! It is so cool to get a taste of what being a teacher would actually entail. I loved every minute of the observation, and cannot wait to return to Valley View MS next week!
Last semester, I observed freshmen and sophomore English classes at Dunmore High School, just one town over from Scranton. At those observations, I was able to note different psychological developments in the students, and learn different teaching styles to accommodate diverse learners. I LOVE that the university throws its education majors into observations right away. Originally, I came to the UofS as an English major, and picked up the Secondary Education component halfway through my freshman year. Those immediate observations really solidified to me that Education was the right route to go down!
The UofS offers so many real-world opportunities to all of its majors – to name a few, we have the Alperin financial center for business majors in Brennan Hall, that simulates a live stock-exchange, as well as the “Business Expo” (which actually happened this past week!) where business majors can talk to corporations about summer internships; science majors are able to participate in cool research projects with their professors (click for more info!); counseling and psychology majors work exciting internships in their intended field (click the link for general internship info!); nursing students participate in clinicals and can use the Nursing Skills Lab (which is a simulated patient-care area); and occupational therapy and physical therapy students work field hours at internships (and will soon be able to volunteer at the new Rehabilitation Center, a free walk-in clinic to be completed hopefully in the spring of 2015)!
Here are some pictures of the different resources the UofS provides to its students!
The Alperin Financial Center
Research Labs in the Loyola Science Center
The anticipated plan for the new Rehabilitation Center (OT & PT students)
The Nursing Skills Lab, located in McGurrin Hall
As you can see, the U does so much to offer real-world opportunities to its students! I can honestly say that my experience with educational observations have made me feel better equipped to become a teacher. There are so many options out there to prepare students for life after college – not that we EVER want to leave the UofS, but hey, if we have to go, at least we have bright futures ahead of us!!!
Thanks for reading! Feel free to post any comments/questions – I would be more than happy to read and answer them!
Have a fantastic week!