CLASS TEST-DRIVES INSTRUCTION MODULES
College students who aspire
to teach usually complete their student teaching assignments at area schools.
Education professor Mary Webster Moore took a unique approach to that process
and brought a local school to campus to give her education students real-life
Moore assigned students in
her Teaching in the Middle Grades class to design a self-instruction module
for seventh- and eighth-graders in subjects of their choice. She also arranged
for 25 students from West Side Christian School in Chicago to visit the
College April 16 and test the modules.
"This gives my class an opportunity
to connect with students who are in the grades they will teach," said Moore,
who was the principal at West Side before coming to Trinity. "There are
modules in history, math, physical education, science.we cover all the
topics. It's not purely an academic exercise; it is an academic project
with practical application."
Each Trinity student sat
with a West Side student as the middle schoolers worked through the curriculum.
Jeralyn Harris, who teaches grades seven and eight, accompanied the students
from the school in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood.
"This experience shows my
students how much they can learn in a short period of time without direct
instruction," Harris said. "They will need more independent learning as
they go into high school and eventually to college. I implement a similar
structure in my classroom sometimes, and it's good for them to be exposed
to these opportunities at this stage of their education."
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