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1) I know I will be working with special needs students in my classroom, but
that is about all I know. A class on how to work with special needs students
and how to adapt curriculum and assessment would have been great!
2) There has been much discussion by my mentors about the need to provide
students with a media education class.
3) Someone in my Art Ed cohort once suggested that a speech class or a drama
class would have been extremely helpful (for all teachers). I did quite a bit
of both in high school, and there is no doubt in my mind that it has helped me
in my comfort level and enthusiasm level and my "willingness to be silly level"
in front of a group. I have had some friends in my cohort ask me how I am able
to speak so comfortably infront of a group, and I'd have to accredit it to my
speech and drama experiences.
4) My program sends students out in pairs for their pre-student teaching
practicums. All the mentor teachers I have worked with rave about this idea.
Personally, I can't imagine going out alone. It is soooooo nice to have
someone to bounce ideas off of, drive in with, comiserate with, etc. We will
be alone for our student teaching, but I will be ready for it by then.