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Once EDUC340, Always EDUC340

This was a line in my EDUC340 professor’s final “Random Memorandum” for the term. Deborah Bracke teaches EDUC340: Methods of Inclusion, a class required by all Education majors, and the Random Memorandum is her weekly email containing any stray thoughts about our week’s progress.

As we come to the end of the term (and the year!), I’ve done some serious reflecting on my career as a teacher candidate as well as the amount of growing I’ve done in just the past year.

At the beginning of the year, I was a scared little baby walking into my first day of EDUC300. I had been told that EDUC300 was the “weed out” class of the Education major, and that was proven to me as I progressed through the course material. Randy truly challenged all of us to step outside of our box of assumptions and discover what it really means to be a teacher.

EDUC330 came next, where I learned about the power of assessment. Assessment is far more than just multiple-choice questions, short answer items, and a book report here and there. Assessment is a constant process that teachers go through every day, and I’ve learned how to craft meaningful assessments for many different kinds of students. Dr. Scarlett’s first term at Augustana proved to be a great success, and I’m so thankful to have had him for a professor.

Now, I’m approaching the end of my sophomore year and the end of EDUC340. Dr. Bracke (or Deb, as I call her) was my first year advisor. The first time I actually met with her was when my mom and I were exchanging tearful hugs at the opening convocation during Fall Connection! Little did I know, I would come to the end of this year having developed a fantastic relationship with Deb. She has helped me through my first clinical experience, deciphering IEPs, and even submit my first paper to a national education conference. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would have the guts to submit a paper to a national conference full of veteran teachers, but she helped me find the courage to do so. Now we’re crossing our fingers, waiting until September to find out if we get to travel to San Diego for the 2015 annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children!

The amount of growing that I’ve done in the past year is just astounding to me. I came to Augustana to become a teacher, knowing how spectacular the Education department was. However, I didn’t know just how brilliant every member of the department truly was. So many of them have helped me in just these two first years, and I can’t wait to see what the second half of my undergrad career has in store for me.

One Response to “Once EDUC340, Always EDUC340”

  1. Good luck on the conference!

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