International Connections


Hannah Eckerman

Major: Elementary Education


Minor/option/emphasis: English as a Second Language; English Language Arts

Year: Senior
Hometown, State: Rochester, Minnesota

Type of experience: Student Teaching Abroad
Experience: International Student Teaching
Experience website: http://isuabroad.iastate.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=060670717B4F74007205760500011C750E7B7014077C73036E007575767D010B71077B037B70027407&Type=O&sType=O
Destination: Rosendal, Norway

Overall experience..
Norway was amazing, I taught grades 1st through 6th and worked with every teacher in my building. If working with 6 different grade levels and over 100 kids isn't a teaching challenge, I don't know what is! The language barrier proved to be difficult at times, especially when working with the young ones, but it was an experience I learned so much from. I am excited to bring an international perspective into my future classrooms. Norway was truly a once in a lifetime teaching experience.

I learned...
I learned about international student teaching during my junior year. I was looking on the education website for student teaching information and came across the opportunity to go international. I did some more research, talked to students who had gone in the past, and went to the abroad fair. My decision to go abroad was an easy one.

An impact to my life...
Norway has impacted my life in many ways. I have an appreciation for students whose backgrounds are different from my own. I gained a love for travel and new experiences. I learned that the only thing stopping me from challenging myself is me and I learned that doing is the best way of learning. I couldn't have asked for a better country to call home for 8 weeks.

I will never forget...
I was told by the 4th grade teacher at my school, "Every year you teach you think you won't love any class as much as the one you just had, but you do. You have room in your heart for every single one of them." Meeting the teachers, students, and community members was by far the most memorable part of my whole experience.

Advice for others...
My advice is to go for it! Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is when the real journey begins :)

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