My Experience

Essay by 97shortyA+, May 2014

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Reflective Essay

Upon completion, I have learned a lot about myself as a TAFE student, from getting experience in teaching. I feel confident at this point that I am capable of successfully being able to help students out when they need it. I have acquired many useful skills, many of which came directly from the TAFE seminars. In working to develop my teaching abilities, I have learned much about how we can target all three different types of learners in a classroom. There are English Language Learners (ELL) students which are students who have difficulty speaking or understanding English. Special Education (SPED) which are students with special needs including a broad range of physical, mental, social and behavioral challenges that affect their learning. Gifted and Talented (G/T) students whereas gifted students excel academically and the talented students have outstanding skills in other areas such as art, music, theater or leadership.

Each student has different learning styles such as visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Visual being that the student learns best by seeing. Auditory being that the student learns best by hearing and kinesthetic being that that student learns best by hands on activities. You need to be able to target all of them! If they are young, you need to be able to grab their attention with an interesting focus. You cannot just go straight into the topic because the students will not be entertained and they will not have the desire to learn especially since their attention span is short. At first, I was uncomfortable speaking in front of even small groups. Now I am happy to speak in front of a large classroom. Since I am more comfortable in front of the classroom, I am better able to multitask while lecturing. I also learned how time-management is very important.