Morgan Fields

APEX Fellowship | Morgan Fields

October 22, 2020   /  

Major(s): English, Education
Class Year: 2021
Faculty Mentor: Matt Krain

Andrew Award of Excellence

At Camp Nuhop in Mohican State Park, I worked to create virtual, outdoor education lessons to replace in-person experiences for students whose field trips and summer camps were canceled due to COVID-19.

The Andrew Award for Excellence recognizes students who demonstrated distinction throughout the process of applying for an APEX Fellowship.

Morgan Fields will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

12 thoughts on “APEX Fellowship | Morgan Fields”

  1. Morgan – So glad this experience worked out for you and that you gained skills in facilitating lessons remotely and interacting with students from around the world. You definitely won the prize for fastest turn around when your original internship fell through! Being the planner that you are, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts about having to navigate all the uncertainty and pivoting you had to do. Congratulations on a job well-done!

    1. Ms. McConnell,

      Thank you for your continued support throughout this process! The application experience definitely taught me how to be flexible (and hopeful!) even in uncertain times. These skills are skills I will not soon forget, especially as I begin my career in teaching.

      I’m forever thankful for the support the College and APEX, in particular, has given me.

  2. Morgan,
    What impressive work you put together this summer for Nuhop. Your mastery of the technology to form these lessons is admirable. What is a teaching technique that you used in this experience that you hope to carry with you as you go on to teach professionally?

    1. Ryan,

      Thank you so much for visiting my page!
      One particular “technique” that I made sure to incorporate in my lessons was being mindful to have a variety of activities that catered to all students. Not only did I make sure to have an activity for the student to complete hands-on, but I also provided reading materials, videos to watch, and links to external sources to engage students who learn in different ways. I know that not everyone learns best by reading an article or watching a video, so I made sure that students were able to work with the material in a multitude of ways to continually build their understanding.

  3. Morgan,
    This is a wonderful explanation of the internship experience that you had. I really enjoyed reading your reflections, and it’s great to see how it all came together through your presentation.

    You have learned so much about truly engaging remote education, which so many of us are wrestling with and learning on the fly right now. In some ways, you were at the cutting edge this summer, and have much to teach so many instructors, myself included. What is the most important recommendation that you would have for educators like me as we work to create more engaging and interactive remote education experiences?

    1. Doctor Krain,
      Thank you for your support and continual advice throughout this experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better faculty advisor!
      The most important recommendation that I have for educators when creating engaging, remote lessons is to think outside the box and utilize websites and materials that seem unfamiliar. It is very easy to get “stuck” only using the traditional online resources that we use in a typical year, and the beauty of online education is that it allows for creativity and utilization of external resources in a way that educators may have not considered before.
      One thing I continually repeated to myself when creating my own lessons was, “If the lesson seems boring and monotonous to you, it probably is for your students, too.” This was my cue to reevaluate and recreate the activities I had embedded in my lesson to make them more challenging and hands-on, ensuring students were truly getting an “experiential learning” experience at home.

  4. Morgan,
    I remember the night you called and told me about CampNuhop.
    I knew this Internship and the challenge would be perfect for you.
    You learned about how to engage with students that need additional help with their studies, and I know your subject matter was super interesting for them. I also was pleased to see how you went out side of your comfort zone and challenged yourself with your new website showcase and countless hours video and editing and formatting. During this time, we don’t know what the future holds for traditional in class room settings, but you now have experience with remote learning and you also have many many hours in a proper class room. You have experience On both stages!
    Stay inspired, and keep asking questions!
    Congratulations! I’m proud of you.

    1. Mom,
      I can’t thank you enough for your support throughout the application process as well as the Fellowship experience itself. You helped me to keep my head held high and kept me optimistic, even when I was frustrated. I truly couldn’t have done it without you.

  5. Morgan, Thanks for sharing your experiences this summer. Understandably, this wasn’t the experience that you were hoping for, but it seems you learned exceedingly valuable skills. How do you imagine leveraging these tech skills as you move into your teaching career?

    1. Ms. Griffin,

      Going forward, I imagine that the skills I’ve gained this summer can be leveraged in many ways! In the near future, experience with remote education is important to school districts who are choosing to keep students in a remote or hybrid-learning atmosphere; I can use my experience with Nuhop creating asynchronous lessons to create lessons for students at home.
      Moreover, I now have extensive knowledge of Google products, which has been growing in popularity throughout districts in the past few years. This experience has given me tools I can use to set myself apart from other teaching candidates when I interview for teaching positions in the spring, and I am very thankful for skills I learned!

  6. I am a Camp Nuhop Board member, and we appreciated your work on the lessons. We all learned a great deal about the online programming this year, and having fresh ideas and perspective are great assets. Thank you for your work with Nuhop and best of luck with future teaching positions.

    1. Ms. Relle,

      Thank you so much for visiting my page! I had a wonderful time working with Camp Nuhop and am excited to see how the online education platform continues to grow in the future. You’re creating something that is truly brilliant.

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