SashaB Posted December 15, 2013 Share Posted December 15, 2013 Hi All, I thought I'd get some advice from those of you who'd gotten your personal statement out of the way; I am having a ton of trouble with it. My story is rather complicated. I left my M.Ed program after two semesters because teaching didn't suit me, then went on to be a special education aide for a kid who had some language and articulation issues (and other diagnoses), and then that school shut down so now I serve as an aide for a kindergartner with autism and language delays in another school. With regard to what inspired me: in my student teaching I worked daily one-on-one with a student who was nearly mute all day (she didn't even talk in her native language) except in extremely structured "repeat after me" type English activities. I didn't know anything about speech pathology then; my goal was simply to get her comfortable enough to use language in an expressive and also more spontaneous way, and she did get to be a lot more confident in the end, telling more aspects about her personal life and life in her native country. The thing is, I have a lot of experience that led up to here and I don't know how to cover them all. I've been an aide to two great kids, both of whom got speech therapy and it's where I learned about the career. I also have my starting point at student teaching, but nothing I did there was strongly tied into any knowledge of how language development works and also I don't want to emphasize my work in something I ended up not finishing (student teaching). I also tutor reading with an ELL kid with language issues once a week and have been for two years, and since I'm interested in literacy I feel I need to somehow cover that too. How did you guys go about organizing your ideas into "one idea"? Since my gpa is mediocre (3.5, 3.8 in unfinished grad school but doubt they'd look at it), I'm really anxious about the essay having to be amazing to get in anywhere . Any advice is appreciated, thank you! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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