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Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I recommend this because it teaches you so much about the field of HDFS. The instructor is someone who is very kind and reliable, anytime you need any extra information or help she'll be there to assist you. If I could retake this course for the fun of it I definitely would,
Highlights of this course would be the Service Learning project. I never thought that working would kids would interest me but my service learning experience opened a new door for me, and I really appreciate all that I could the do while volunteering.
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Take it! You will not regret this course, it is very simple and easy and the instructor makes it more worth it. You will learn so much and it will be very easy to learn also.
Pretty easy, overall.
I would highly recommend this course because it allows for exploration of ones passion. The course requires a volunteer, community outreach experience. This allows students to not just learn in a classroom setting, but also a real world experience. This course allowed me to seek my passion and essentially helped gear me toward a future career path in which i was passionate about.
I was a junior at Michigan State University, Fall of 2014, when I was enrolled in this course. As a requirement to fulfill volunteer work, I enlisted as a volunteer at Lansing Stem Academy, a public school in Lansing, Michigan. I spent three hours a week there, assisting cognitively impaired children. I worked individually with students and taught them math, reading, and writing. Most of my time at Lansing Stem Academy was spent with a sixth grade student named Autumn. Prior to working with Autumn, her teacher informed me that she demonstrated first grade level comprehension skills in math, and thus was discouraged and unmotivated to learn the material that was presented in her classroom. As I began to work with Autumn, I saw common struggles and stressors that I too had battled at her age. I quickly noticed that one of the things that Autumn was lacking was the motivation and support from others. I believed that those were things that I could offer and that she would succeed with some encouragement and attention from me. I hoped that this in turn would boost her self-esteem and enable her to believe in herself as well. I knew that I could be a positive influence and assist Autumn in reaching her potential. From my own experience, I knew that success wasn’t something that occurred instantly-- it was something to strive for and required patience and perseverance. My desire to help Autumn lead me to extend my volunteer hours with her. We worked together as a team and I utilized various techniques that I had learned in the course of my own studies. Particularly helpful was a course I took entitled, Elementary Math for Teachers. It was exciting for me to take what I learned in my own classroom and put it into practice with Autumn. Although at times it was a bumpy road, I never gave up on Autumn and always remained positive and empathetic. I continued to encourage her as we progressed, insisting that she never give up on herself. Then one day, a day that both Autumn and I will always remember, Autumn looked at me and said that she was ready to tackle a work sheet alone. She said that she did not need my help and she proceeded to complete it by herself. I remember the smile on Autumn’s face that day as she completed the worksheet and looked up at me. That piercing smile evoked in me the most rewarding feeling that I ever felt in my life. I knew that I was at least partly responsible for this girl’s success and that she was feeling so good about herself, largely because of my efforts. That was the day that I decided that my calling was to be a teacher. I knew then that I wanted to make a difference in the educational system and to transform ordinary education into a directed and reassuring environment, where students could feel motivated, accepted, and supported.
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I would advise students to take this early in their education experience. It is a great transition to college that allows you to really explore your interests. It is also a great way to get to know other students due to the group and in class discussion.