Hi everyone, my name is Sarah Koch and I am a student at Millersville University and I am predicted to graduate in the Fall of 2021 with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education!
When I was a senior in high school I did an internship with a kindergarten teacher. I was in her classroom about three times a week for a few hours. During that time I would work with students either in a group/center setting or one-on-one. It was my first time working with children in an educational setting and helping them achieve what the teacher intended.
One of the days I was working with a student who was from Hungry and he read through an entire Early Readers book and the smile on his face and the excitement he had when he finished the book without needing help, it made me happy and excited and I remember just being filled with a lot of positive emotions and knew that this is what I wanted to do.
Seeing this student be proud of himself and what he accomplished made me realize that I want every student to feel like that, to be able to be proud of reaching a goal or accomplishing something. That teacher helped those students and set them up for success. I hope to have the things I need in my classroom to make sure my student succeeded. With doing that I want to implement Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs in my classroom as much as possible, making sure that my students feel safe and that not only their educational needs are met but that their personal needs are met as well. I want my classroom to feel like a safe place and that they know I am also a safe place.
With the semesters I have left I hope to learn different ways to adapt to what children need, educationally and personally. I want to adapt to my students and they ways they learn and help them to retain the information not just remember it for a test. My goal is to be the teacher I always wanted when I was in school.