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Hello! My name is Kaitlyn Pantella and I am a senior at William Monroe High School. My extra-curricular activities include theater, Girl Scouts, and the National Beta Club. In my free time, I enjoy crafting and watching movies. After graduation, I plan on attending a four-year university.

I chose the topic of education because I have always been interested in teaching and I love working with kids. I conducted my internship with Leah Wimmer, a first grade teacher at Nathanael Greene Primary School. During my internship, I observed Mrs. Wimmer's teaching strategies and other various activities.



For my community service, I tutored at the HOPE after school program. HOPE is a program offered to elementary school students who need tutoring in basic subjects like math and reading. While volunteering, I worked with Karen Ulan who is co-leader of the program.

For my thesis, I discussed and answered the question of, "How do extrinsic rewards in the classroom affect student learning and motivation and what is the best way for teachers to implement these rewards?". I identified if rewards are beneficial or detrimental to students. I also researched different strategies for decreasing or increasing the amount of rewards in the classroom. After my research, I shared my findings with Mrs. Wimmer, so she could use rewards in a way that best benefits her students. 



 

"The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires."
- William Arthur Ward

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Recent Journals

  • Final Reflection     This year has gone by in a flash. I remember coming into school on the first day thinking about how long it would be until May rolled around. Now, May ...
    Posted by Kaitlyn Pantella
  • Week of 4/10-4/14 I may have said this before but I am really nervous for my presentation. To help myself prepare I will be practicing as much as I can. I presented to ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2017, 6:09 AM by Kaitlyn Pantella
  • Week of 3/27-3/31 As we prepare for final, formal presentations, this week I'd like you to watch/identify a great public speaker and reflect upon what makes them a great public speaker ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2017, 5:24 PM by Kaitlyn Pantella
  • Week of 3/20-3/24 I have finally completed my legacy! It was a huge amount of work, but I am very satisfied with it. I ended up creating five games. Some of them were ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2017, 9:08 PM by Kaitlyn Pantella
  • Week of 3/6-3/10 I thought I should express my worries about the rest of this project in this journal. The  biggest thing on my mind right now is the presentation. I thought I ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2017, 8:36 PM by Kaitlyn Pantella
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