Final Course Reflection
By Claire Yost
Did the course meet your expectations?
This course exceeded my expectations. I have already taken a class from Dr. G. so I knew before the semester began that this would be an exciting and informative course. Every time I left this class I couldn't help but to be in a great mood. I also felt empowered and motivated to continuously strive to be the best teacher that I can be.
Did you meet your own expectations of yourself?
At the beginning of the course my expectations for myself were to always try my best, embrace life as it comes, remain positive, learn from my mistakes, never stop learning and never stop dreaming. I am proud to say that I met all of my own expectations for myself this semester. These are expectations that I have for myself outside of school as well. Some days it can be really hard to make myself meet these expectations, but I never stop trying!
How did you “grow”?
This semester I "grew" in several ways. I overcame new challenges, discovered new ways to help students with special needs, and realized that becoming a special education teacher is what I want to do in the future.
What did you learn?
This semester I leaned a lot about Autism Spectrum Disorder and strategies to utilize when teaching students with ASD. I also learned many teaching strategies to use for students with speech and hearing disorders.
The most important thing that I learned this semester is that I want to go into Special Education, specifically teaching students with ASD. If it had not been for this class I would not have had the chance to see a special education teacher in action and I would not have known how incredibly exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling it is to work with special needs students.
What learning experiences will you "take with you" as a future teacher?
The learning experiences that I will take with me as a future teacher are to provide assignments that give my students the chance to be creative. I will remember that every student is unique and therefore I will need to use a unique approach to ensure their success. Also, I will never forget Dr. G's "teaching CHI."
What did you think of the course, the teacher, the students, the assignments, etc…?
Overall, I loved this course. There is no one better to teach this course than Dr. G! She is an inspiration to me as a student and future teacher. I loved being pushed to tap into my creativity and try new things. This approach makes the learning experience more enjoyable and more meaningful.
I did enjoy working on my lesson facilitation and watching my classmates present their lessons. Overall, I did learn a lot from the groups, but there were a couple that could have included more relevant information. I hated feeling like I was missing something.
What changes would you make, if any?
The only change that I would make to this course would be to make it five hour course instead of three. I really enjoyed learning about helping special needs students and would have liked to learn more!