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In my time as a student at Winthrop University, there have been numerous experiences that have molded me into the future educator that I hope to become. Some of the greatest experiences that have helped shape me are my class time in CRTW 201, my class time in EDUC 220, and my time teaching private lessons with the Clover High School Band Program. Each of these experiences has played a large role in helping me become the teacher I am today and the teacher that I aspire to be. The first experience that shaped my view of teaching was my class time in CRTW 201. While the majority of Winthrop students do not enjoy attending any general education classes, this one was different. I always enjoyed going to CRTW since the class atmosphere was…show more content…
Through this process, I learned that students need just as much of a “written knowledge” of the content as they do a “playing knowledge”. Furthermore, this class revealed to me why assessment is important and the best way to assess in a music classroom. This aligns with Standard 4. Assessment, Element 1. The teacher candidate designs, selects, and implements valid, reliable, and appropriately differentiated assessments that are aligned with short and long term goals. In my future classroom, I will take the knowledge that I have acquired and create different types of assessments to gauge my students’ learning. The most significant experience during my time at Winthrop, has been the opportunity to teach private music lessons at Clover High School. Fortunately, I have been working with the bands at Clover High School since my freshman year. One of the first observations I made when I started working there is that the school climate is extremely different than the school climate I came from. It took a few weeks of meeting with the students in order to understand why I was struggling to reach them. The problem I was having was getting them to buy and keep up with printed music that I assigned to them. I quickly realized that giving the students digital copies of the music would allow them to have access to the music regardless of

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