My experiences and progress in the Albion College Teacher Education Program

Teacher-scholar


Teacher-scholar

Being a teacher-scholar is very important to being an effective educator. Teachers are constantly taking risks in their classrooms with new lessons, techniques and information. They are also presented with new classroom problems on a daily basis; from how to deal with individual students and student needs to how to implement disciplinary actions and new lessons. Student teaching has helped me gain a new understanding of how to be a good teacher-scholar on a daily basis in and out of the classroom.

For example, going into student teaching, I had no idea how to teach students using the Orff Method of music education. However, Chelsea’s public school district uses the Orff method in all of it’s K-4 classrooms so I took a risk and decided I would learn about the Orff method and still teach those classes. Before I went into the classroom semester, I did extra research on the method and how it is used in elementary music classrooms. Then I met with my mentor teacher and went over the music curriculum and Orff method book (Game Plan, Grade 3 and 4) to solidify my knowledge of the Orff style of teaching. In this process I learned all about the Orff method and how to teach using this style. The biggest risk I took in all this was the first teaching my first Orff lesson to a group of 3rd grade students. It was a great learning experience and test of my risk-taking and problem solving abilities. The lesson went great and I continued to teach 3rd and 4th grade general music classes, using the Orff method, for the rest of the semester.


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