White River Valley Family and Consumer Science has a program for high school students who are interested in becoming teachers. In May, you may have read about the Early Childhood Education 1 (ECE) course at White River Valley. If you did, you read about the experiences of Emma and Madison. They both completed ECE 1 as juniors and enjoyed it immensely. They were very successful in the coursework and were great assets to the elementary teachers. I am extremely pleased to tell you that they decided to continue in the pathway and enrolled in ECE 2.
Emma now spends part of her day with the preschool and Madison is in the third-grade classroom. They get to spend more time in the classroom helping, observing, practicing and learning. This means that we do not meet during a regularly scheduled classtime though they will receive a grade and credit. The course has many standards set forth by the Department of Education and I use technology to deliver the content. Each week Emma and Madison access Hyperdocs, a digital lesson made using Google Docs, through Google Classroom.
Each week focuses on one course standard and has students creating shared projects. So far this year, students have written a CDA competency statement, conducted a lesson on hygiene, created a poster and this week they will conduct a lesson on self-concept. The picture in this article is the poster created by Madison. After watching videos, exploring websites and answering questions students picked one child psychologist to research and create a poster using Pic Collage.
These posters will be used this week in ECE 1 as we learn more about child psychologists and the theories of child development. I am grateful to be a part of a program that is preparing our future educators and using the latest technology to engage students.
Betsy Misner has been the Family and Consumer Science, formerly Home Economics, teacher at White River Valley for over a decade. Her motivation is helping students to strive for strong, happy, healthy families and providing career pathways. Check out more of what is happening in the classroom by following her on Twitter: WRVFACS@BetsyMisner