The goal of this competency area is that, upon graduation, honors students will have demonstrated the ability to utilize personal leadership values and guide groups toward a common goal.
Learning Community Coordinator
As a coordinator for the Intro to Science, Engineering, and Technology learning community, I was able to work with a population of students interested in a major within the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. In weekly meetings with my supervisor, I was able to evaluate my students' success and ask for ideas on events and academic supports the students would find helpful. During the second semester, I was able to rely on the students to tell me their needs and what they would find helpful. Students began to find their own events and create study groups without my initiative. Students slowly took leadership roles around campus and within the learning community after the first semester.
Dakota Meadows Middle School Observations
For KSP 483: Teaching and Learning Middle Grade Mathematics, I observed a 7th grade Pre-Algebra teacher at Dakota Meadows Middle School for 3 consecutive class periods. I saw how a teacher builds understanding of content and connections with students everyday in class that makes them interested to learn. I was able to observe techniques that engaged students in a similar way that I hope to engage students in my own classroom. The teacher I observed in through this class practiced and upheld the mutual respect between students and teachers as well as encouraged students to ask and answer peer questions. This teacher is a role model that I hope to adapt classroom strategies from this observation to my own style of leading a classroom with a welcoming environment for educators and students alike.
Dakota Meadows Observation
Developing My Mentorship Philosophy
I acted as a mentor to an incoming Honors student through HONRS 401: Developing Your Mentorship Philosophy. Through this experience I discovered the three main skills I believe a mentor should have are experience, knowledge, and empathy. Out of these three skills I found that I grew most as a mentor in my skill to be empathetic with others. Through meeting with my mentee and investing time into our relationship, I was able to put myself into situations where I could develop my personal relationship skills and develop my philosophy laid out in the essay below.
Mentorship Philosophy Essay
Teaching Aide Experience
When acting as an aide for Dr. Corley's HIST 180 class, I wrote weekly reflections about my experiences in the classroom and how they could apply to my future career as a teacher. In this particular reflection from early in the semester, I reflected on the role I played when interacting with his students and how it shifted from observation to giving advice and answering questions. I was a resource for the students to use in order to be successful, but in order to be successful each student needed different support.
Weekly Reflection 2
In my Honors First Year Experience class, we learned about different leadership styles and skills. Through class discussions and readings, I was able to form my personal perception of leadership and identify what category my style fits into. Overall, this class helped me recognize that being slightly introverted while acting as a leader can be beneficial in ways that I had never considered before.
Teaching Experience at Waseca High School
I had the opportunity to observe and teach at Waseca High School while taking KSP 330: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment in Spring 2017. I observed and aided in an AP Calculus class and taught three lessons to a Pre-Calculus class. Throughout this experience, my professors at MSU encouraged us to participate in online discussions and complete lesson plans to develop our planning, instruction, and ability to create assessments. In the classroom, I worked with a partner to read the classes we taught and discuss how the students could be successful in the lessons we planned and adjusted to their needs. Below is a plan for one of the lessons I taught and a reflection comparing the observed student responses to the lesson in two different classes.
Pre-Calc Lesson Plan
Lesson Observations and Reflection
Orientation Peer Assistant 2016-2017
In my role as an Orientation Peer Assistant was to welcome incoming students to MNSU. The staff would do this with acting as guides, leading ice breakers, and organizing other activities. This job allowed me to work in a setting where I was a part of a team consisting of leaders all focused on the same goal: welcoming the students. I was expected to simultaneously act as a leader and team member which was a new experience. In job training, the entire staff took a leadership style test and we discussed how each style fit into the group dynamic. I found myself adapting to my co-workers' strengths and preferences throughout the summer when facing specific tasks.
OPA Reflection 2016-2017
Presentation to HONRS 201 Class
For my independent study, I was required to give a presentation to an Honors class about my experience observing Dr. Corley's HIST 180 class. I presented to Ginny Walters's section of Intro to Honors. In my presentation, I briefly talked about my experience in Dr. Corley's classroom, then went on to explain what independent study is. I introduced ideas of how a student can make their independent study relatable to their various fields/interests and circumstances that may be more conducive to independent study.
The Common Read Book Discussion
The common read book for the year 2015-16 is The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen. In September, I was able to jointly lead a book discussion with Monica Antonelli, a librarian from MNSU. It was my responsibility to keep the discussion moving and ask thought-provoking questions. Being able to hear various opinions and mediate conversations were both very good experiences for me to grow as a leader while gaining different perspectives at the same time. I learned how to effectively conduct a discussion between people of opposing viewpoints and I would love to do it again.
Critical Incident Journal
Make A Difference Project
All students living in a learning community at MSU are expected to partake in a Make a Difference project in the community. The Honors learning community went trick-or-treating for canned goods to benefit the ECHO Food Shelf of Mankato. This food shelf provides food to those that are hungry in the Mankato area. It felt good to give back to the community in a fun way.
Critical Incident Journal