Student Teaching in Karachi
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Student teaching at the Karachi American School in Karachi, Pakistan was an unforgettable and challenging experience, one that will always have immeasurable value on my ability to be an effective and conscientious teacher. Not only was I faced with the challenge of teaching for the first time, but also with the challenge of teaching foreign students and adjusting to a foreign culture. The Karachi American School is a very small school consisting of 200 students within the secondary division. Of these 200 students, one third are "Americans," meaning they hold American passports, but the majority of these students are from Pakistan and have spent most of their lives in Pakistan. Therefore, the school has a majority of Pakistani students as another one third of the spaces are reserved for Pakistanis and the remaining third are reserved for students of other nations. As a result of this Pakistani majority in my classrooms, I was able to learn much about teaching foreign students by adjusting to the foreign culture in which I was teaching and incorporating the various experiences of the students into my teaching techniques. Student teaching in this environment enabled me to become aware of the need to relate to students individually (i.e. understand their unique outlooks on life) and taught me a great deal about adjusting my teaching methods and choice of curriculum so that the students could be effectively stimulated.