Summarize your learning experience in the course, learning outcomes, your successes and failures, your gainings and losses (if any), how you today is different from you in the beginning of the course, what your teaching social studies plans are and what kind of SS classroom you would like to create.
I feel like this class really helped me increase my knowledge of social studies teaching, and how to make effective lessons for social studies. The fieldwork section of the class allowed me to take what I’d learned and implement it in a classroom to see if the students responded to it, and overall, I think that they did.
They understood a lot quicker than I expected them to, and I needed to improvise during my lesson to make sure that they still had work to do for the entire class period, but overall, they definitely understood the lesson and seemed to have fun while they were doing it.
A teacher can learn everything there is to learn about teaching, but until you enter the classroom and apply that knowledge, it’s mostly for nothing.
Teachers are nothing without students to teach, and likewise, students place great faith in their teachers to teach them things that are meaningful. Students should leave school with knowledge that they can use in their lives, not random busy work knowledge that will never help them in the future.
In my classroom, I plan to have as much hands on work as possible. I’ve always believed that students that are having fun are learning more than students that are bored, and this was proved to me during fieldwork this year. Instead of giving the students I taught a problem and having them write out a solution to it, I let them actually be the solution to it—they had to get out of their seats and walk around the classroom, going to three different, simulated, places and interacting with three different, simulated, professions of people.
They wrote a summary afterward of what they did, and this allowed them to show their work in a physical form, after getting to physically experience it.
Actually being able to experience something is a much better way to learn then sitting in a seat listening to someone else talking about experiencing it. No matter how good a teacher is at description, until a student gets their hands on something, the understanding will not be full.
I hope in my future classroom to have my students on their feet and moving around, experiencing as much of the learning as possible, instead of only sitting in their desks. One of the things that I never liked about social studies was the fact that I was only learning what the teacher was telling me, not experiencing anything for myself.