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Jason Miller

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Physical Education Teacher Education

Company/Organization: South Hamilton CSD
Company/Organization website: https://shhawks.net/
Destination: Jewell, IA
Timeframe: Spring

Advisor/Coordinator Email: lipsey@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Student teacher should expect to be responsible for the following: lesson planning, organization skills, communication skills, teaching students grades K-6, using cross-curriculum instruction, oversee recess and after school duties, teach adaptive PE, display flexibility to teach students with a wide range of skills and socioeconomic levels.

I accomplished...
Understanding the variances in students' skill levels and attention spans through elementary. Learning what each grade level is capable of accomplishing. Understanding how to best challenge each skill level while maintaining a positive learning environment.

I learned...
Students in grades K-1 need much more simplified instruction, more similarly to preschool than I originally thought. Skill levels may range across grades, as grades are not always indicative of skill level/cognitive abilities.

Advice for others...
Go into your student teaching experience with an open mind. If you're lucky enough to select your teacher, choose someone who will challenge you and someone who you feel comfortable around. Work extremely hard, as your supervisors and cooperating teachers can serve as strong references for you moving forward in your career.

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