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Emma Finger

Major: Kinesiology and Health


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

Company/Organization: Waukee Community School District Dallas-Center Grimes Community School District
Company/Organization website: https://www.waukeeschools.org https://dcgschools.com
Destination: Waukee, IA Grimes, IA
Timeframe: Fall 2018

Advisor/Coordinator Email: lipsey@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Creating and implementing lessons using teaching standards. Completing all of the cooperating teaching duties.

I accomplished...
Watching students learn and make improvements was so rewarding. Seeing that students enjoyed having me as their teacher and having an experience that was difficult to leave.

I learned...
My first placement in Grant Ragan in Waukee was phenomenal I had a CT that wanted me to succeed. He taught me so much on classroom management, how to be a reflective teacher, and how to talk to students effectively.

Advice for others...
Research your cooperating teachers you will be teaching under. Eight weeks is a lot of time to spend with someone. Ask to meet with them and observe them teach, on your own time. You want someone you can look up to and respect. Once you get your placement there is no switching!

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