Meet Alicia. She is a senior early childhood major with a 4th and 5th grade endorsement doing her student teaching in a first-grade classroom at Liberty Pines Academy in St. John's, Florida.
She began teaching her first lessons the second week she was at LPA. She began by teaching reading lessons, followed by incorporating math lessons her third week. Also in her third week, she felt what it was like to be a "real" teacher. Her cooperating teacher was not there, so she had to take over large group reading lessons, guided reading groups (small group), and guided math lessons. She says of this experience: "I believe that I am more aware of the time and effort that go into being a successful, committed teacher after a day in the classroom without my mentor teacher!"
Outside of student teaching, Alicia is very busy! In addition to planning her lessons, she is enjoying time with her host family, exploring the tourist attractions and neighboring cities, as well as trying to volunteer as a soccer coach a couple of times a week.
In closing, Alicia gives us her remarks about her experience:
For more information on Alicia, check out her blog here.
For more information on Liberty Pines Academy, check out our blog post about it here.