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Josh Leight

Year: 
2011
Major/minor: 
Sociology / Political Science ; Secondary Education Masters in Social Studies
Courses TRAC'ed: 
PSYCH 210 and EES 200

Interesting internships, activities, hobbies, or experiences:

Member of the Martindale Student Associates Program 2010 – Iceland, America Reads/Counts Homework Club Site Leader, Lehigh Valley Summerbridge Teacher, Staff Member of Lehigh’s Community Service Office, Philadelphia Eagles Extra Points Intern.

 

What does TRAC mean to you?

As a future social studies teacher, the TRAC program is an incredible opportunity for me to learn how I can best facilitate an appreciation for the writing process among students and also how to grapple with the difficult task of writing and evaluating assignments. When I begin my teaching career after I graduate from Lehigh, writing across the curriculum will become one of my primary focuses. High stakes testing has become part of students’ education as early as elementary school. Teachers must dedicate inordinate amounts of time and care into preparing their students to do well or have the district, students, and teachers alike face the consequences. This means less time for social studies, the arts, electives, and even science throughout each student’s schooling. If teachers can implement writing into their lessons, units, and courses effectively, subjects that would otherwise dwindle can remain unscathed. Implementing the writing process into every subject helps students reach a higher level of understanding as writing causes students not just to merely spew back facts and figures, but to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate. To me, the TRAC program means an opportunity to learn how to become an innovative teacher while helping Lehigh students become better writers along the way.