STUDENT TEACHING AT THE FOURTH GRADE LEVEL: A LIBERAL ARTS EXPERIENCE
Haug, Babara J.
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My Senior Individualized Project entailed student teaching at the elementary school level. For fifteen weeks I was a student teacher in a fourth grade at Kerby Elementary School in Grosse Pointe Farms, under the supervision of Miss Rita Flaherty. I worked in a self-contained classroom with students of better than average ability. Kalamazoo College recommends students for teacher certification at the secondary level only. My efforts to attain certification at the elementary level were, therefore, pursued through Nazareth College of Kalamazoo. At Nazareth, I participated in 21 credit hours of education courses and three practicum experiences. However, Nazareth's program requires that the student teaching experience take place in the Kalamazoo area. It was important to me, for financial reasons as well as for possible future employment purposes to teach in The Grosse Pointe Public School System. I grew up in Grosse Pointe and being familiar with that school system's reputation, was anxious to do my student teaching there. With the approval of Nazareth College, the University of Detroit agreed to sponsor me as a student teacher in Grosse Pointe.