The goal of this competency area is that, upon graduation, honors students will have demonstrated the ability to exhibit information literacy skills, synthesize and integrate ideas, produce original research or creative works, and contribute to knowledge.
Field Experience Waseca High School ~
Context for Learning
At the beginning of my observation at Waseca High School for KSP 330: Planning, Instruction and Assessment, I was required to complete a "Context for Learning" observation seen below. I observed what tools and strategies the mentor teacher had already implemented and included how these strategies benefited her classroom. In addition to reporting what I observed, I described what I must keep in mind in order to fully utilize the previously established strategies when I taught my own lessons to this class.
Context for Learning
Independent Study/Teaching Aide Research
During the Spring semester of 2016, I acted as a teaching aide for Dr. Corley while he conducted a role-playing game in his classroom. While in this position, I interacted with students, shared my input on improvements that could be made to the class, and discussed various teaching philosophies and pedagogy styles that I may choose to implement in my future classroom as math education major. This opportunity has allowed me to further explore the dynamics that I will experience in the field of education and my interest in incorporating social emotional pedagogy in my future classroom. This paper allowed me to explore more deeply what social emotional learning was and how the game I observed used social emotional pedagogy.
Social Emotional Learning Paper
HIST 180 Reflection and Source Analysis
At the conclusion of Dr. Corely's European Histroy to 1648, we were assigned to reflect on how studying events from the past can help us understand current events. We were also expected to analyze primary sources from a chapter in our text book and argue a truth statement from those sources. This class as a whole taught me how to use and decode primary sources. It also taught me critical thinking skills that relate past event to the present.
Primary Source Analysis
Food from Elizabethan England
Also in Dr. Corley's class, we were expected to conduct research and present our findings to a panel of judges (other faculty members) along with a dish that would have been made in Elizabethan England that tied in with our presentation. I delved into proper etiquette from the time and how it differed between social classes. For my dish, I baked a chicken with nutmeg, onion, and mushrooms. In order to tie this in with my research presentation, I explained how upper classes would have served the bird at a gathering. This project gave me practice in presenting research.
Etiquette Research Presentation
Level 1 EdTPA
During KSP 222: Intro to the Learning and Learning in Spring 2016, I was required to observe a classroom at Mankato East school and complete a modified education teacher preparation assessment (EdTPA) which addresses the concepts from our textbook and how they relate to a real classroom. By the time I graduate with a degree in math education, I will actively be applying these concepts and taking them into account when planning lessons. In level one, we are only asked to apply what we have learned in the class by identifying tendencies and trends observed in the classroom at Mankato East.
EdTPA Level 1
FYEX Research Essay
In my First Year Experience Class with Ginny Walters, we discussed what research is and how to conduct ethical research during our college career. At the beginning of this unit there was much misunderstanding and intimidation by the word research. After being able to ask questions and hear from different people who have conducted research, I feel less intimidated by the idea of research and more confident in my abilities to interpret information that can contribute to advancements in society.
FYEX Research Essay
The Threshold of Democracy Argument
In Dr. Corely's Early European history class, we were required to form arguments as a character from Ancient Athens. We were expected to research primary and secondary documents to support our claims and objectives throughout the duration of the game. After researching and preparing our arguments we would present them as a speech given at an Ancient Athenian Assembly in front of our peers. Through this project, I gained skills and experience in using the online databases and catalogs available through MSU. Below are the two arguments that my character argued.
Citizenship for Metics and Slaves Argument
The Conviction of Socrates