Being a Language Arts major, I was excited for a course that worked with struggling readers and writers. I was in for a real treat, because not only was I working with something that I love, but I also learned more than I could ever have imagined from this course. I, like most people, have a hard time learning and enjoying a class if the topic is not something I am interested in. This was one of the most engaging courses I have ever taken. From making a commercial, to launching a new fashion trend, this class did it all. My favorite thing to do is laugh, and I always did that in this class, all while learning. I will certainly take something away from this course.
The textbook illuminated a new point I had never thought of with each chapter. I kept learning more and more. It was especially neat that I could put what I was reading to practice. With all of the fieldwork experience I had, during this class and prior, I was able to relate numerous different concepts to experiences of my own. It’s always an effective tool when the author is able to make that connection, and he doesn’t even know me!
The fieldwork in itself was a brand new experience for me. I have done some fieldwork in a diverse classroom before, but I never got the chance to interact with them as much as I did at Estabrook. Maybe the fact that it was a Title I school also made for an interesting experience. It definitely put me in a place that was outside of my comfort zone, and I think it was a push that I really needed. Even though sometimes I don’t realize it, these are the kids that I could have in my own classroom some day. I have to learn how to reach out to them and help them and do so in a way that shows them love and compassion.
The most rewarding thing I took from this course was the opportunity that I had to touch lives. The three girls I got to work with were such a blessing to me, and they don’t even know it. It saddens me that I won’t be able to see them again and know how they are doing. Maybe our paths will cross; I’m not sure. I just pray that I influenced them as much as they influenced me! Overall, there is more I wish I could have done with them. I worked with the time I was given and did all that I could in that time. I feel as though it was worthwhile, and hopefully I taught them some new strategies they can practice. Most importantly, I hope I changed their attitudes on reading! All I wanted was for them to be excited. I tried to show them that I cared, and that I wanted them to succeed. Sadly, I don’t think they see that enough. I hope they could see that when I worked with them!
This course was so great, and I’m not just saying that because my professor reads my blog. It was honestly one of the best classes I have taken at Concordia, and I loved not only the fieldwork, but the classroom time as well. It was a great way to end my senior year!