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Molly Cole

Major: Kinesiology and Health


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

Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Manchester/Iowa

Type of experience: Student Teaching
Company/Organization: Dunstan High School
Company/Organization website: http://www.dunstan.school.nz/
Title: Student Teacher
Destination: Alexandra, New Zealand
Timeframe: 03/2016 - 05/2016

Advisor/Coordinator Email: lipsey@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
My responsibilities during my experience was to teach physical education ad health classes to year 9, 10, and 12 students. Some of my responsibilities were creating lesson plans, setting up for classes, assessing the students progress, and attending staff meetings.

I will never forget...
The most memorable experience I had was being accepted into the community. There was a welcoming ceremony done when we had arrived and it incorporated the Maori traditions here. It was a very moving ceremony performed by the students. I was thrilled to be part of this ceremony.

Advice for others...
I definitely recommend student teaching outside of the Ames area. Because most of us tend to observe at the surrounding schools, we are more familiar with them but by getting out of our comfort zones and exploring, whether it be in another town, another state, or even another country, I believe we are able to benefit better by adding more diversity into our learning. Getting to know the teachers and their experiences is also very beneficial to becoming the best teachers we can be.

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