Clinical Experience: A Race to the Finish Line
Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 by Mikayla Bergeron
This week I will step foot in a school in order to complete my forty clinical hours before school ends. With only a month left of school, it is critical I clear out my schedule as much as possible in order to complete as many clinical hours during the week.
This semester I will spend my time in an elementary school, working with second to fifth grade students, in order to gain teaching experience with this age group. This is also a requirement that I must complete before I can student teaching next year. As a K-12 music educator, I must complete a designated amount of time with each level of teaching before I graduate college. Previously I observed the middle school setting at a school in the Moorhead area. Since I have been placed in an elementary school this semester, I will complete my semester long student teaching at the high school level.
During my clinicals I have spent most of my time assisting my cooperating teacher in her 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes. I have had the opportunity to participate in activities and have one-on-one time with students. Even though I had not previously thought about teaching in the elementary school setting, being with these students has definitely made me think twice about the age level I would like to teach.