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Being a Fieldwork Educator

Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

It’s no secret. 

I absolutely love being a fieldwork educator. And honestly, this was instilled in me very early on as a practitioner. 

This morning I met with two level 1 students who will be completing their fieldwork at my site and in chatting with them, it got me all jazzed up about why I love taking students and being a fieldwork educator. 

First off, students are the future of our profession. As educators, it’s our job to share our knowledge and experience with them so they can come into their own as practitioners and continue to advocate and promote the profession in the years to come.  Our profession, our future clients, and future students depend on it. 

Secondly, I learn as much from them (if not more) as they do from me. Too often people assume that the only learning that happens is on the student’s part. And that is just not true. I have learned so much from each and every student that has been placed with me and I am truly grateful for that. 

Thirdly, I love OT. If you follow me, you already know this. And I love sharing my passion for OT with students. Being a student is hard and if I can inspire them to find their own passion within the field, then my day is made. 

And lastly, I hope to encourage my students to take students of their own one day once they become practitioners.  We all need good role models and mentorship on our OT journeys. To help us overcome any hurdles and push us into being the best practitioners we can be. I had some great supervisors who inspired me and it’s one of my big hopes that I can be the same for someone else. 

And that is why I truly love being a fieldwork educator. 

Are you a fieldwork educator? Why do you love taking students? If you’re not an educator yet, what’s holding you back?

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