Sarah Blake LaRose (3kitties) wrote,
Sarah Blake LaRose

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I was teaching assistant in the intensive Greek course for the last five weeks. The experience was extremely positive, even though there were some challenges with figuring out the best teaching techniques. I did best with one on one or small groups; but the professor seems to think the if we can hone my use of the projector with my laptop I will do well with the classroom. He invited me to stay on this fall with a larger class that meets four hours a week and take an occasional teaching day. I am also still working with one student who is completing some remaining work.

My own coursework is now complete, so I have technically earned my M.Div. I am still waiting for a couple of grades to be posted, but it is all just a formality now. I am happy to report that I passed my internship, which I was a bit worried about due to the fact that the completion of some of my tasks was hindered by lack of responsiveness of other people. I wrote a detailed report on what I was able to accomplish, the challenges I experienced, and post-internship plans; and this seemed to be a favorable thing.

I have some irons in the fire concerning writing projects and am looking into potential adjunct teaching opportunities while I research Ph.D. options and arrange to take the GRE. All of this makes me feel disoriented, but I imagine I will feel more comfortable with this new professional identity in time. I will also continue working with the Greek class and observing the second-year Hebrew class. What I have learned is that I am quite interested in the teaching of languages as an exercise in spiritual formation. I'm also learning that I am interested in finding alternative ways to teach beginning language skills that result in better retention rates.


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