Betsy Misner, Reyna Avila, Sydney Davidson, Emily Manley and Maya Benham outside of Bankers Life Fieldhouse at Be A Teacher Day.
Indiana needs teachers. Teachers that are prepared for the hard work of being in a classroom with students. For many years, high schools have been working toward getting students more prepared for their college and career pathways.
Students enrolled in WRV’s Early Childhood Education program are on the education pathway. They had the opportunity to attend “Be a Teacher Day” at Bankers Life Field House in Indianapolis. This was an amazing event focused on preparing high school students for the next step in their pathway: college.
The day included a university professor keynote speaker, a panel of teacher-education college students, over 30 Indiana teacher education programs, sessions on how to pay for college and much more.
“The speaker at Be a Teacher Day, Dr. Jeff Spanke, was a very energetic and motivational lecturer because he included the audience in his presentation and made sure to ask the crowd many questions,” said WRV junior Reyna Avila,
His message really helped me to think about my own role as a teacher. He brought up all the qualities a teacher must possess and the skills a teacher must practice.
Sydney Davidson said that her favorite part of Be A Teacher Day was when they listened to college students. She felt like they really help her know what to expect next year and what she needs to do to get ready for college.
Having current college students there to share their experiences and answer questions is one more way to get our future teachers ready for the next step in their pathway.
“Going to Be a Teacher Day was a great experience,” said Emily Manley. “Especially since I am leaning towards early childhood education. Personally, I thought the stations that had the college representatives were great since I got to talk about all the benefits their education programs.”
There were 25 colleges there to discuss the education programs they offer. Students got to visit with as many colleges as they could during a 20 minute block. There was an incentive to visit three colleges and fill out a form for door prizes. At the end of the day two WRV students brought home prizes.
“We had a great fifth Be a Teacher Day, with over 420 high school students registered,” said Carol R. Werhan, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Education at Purdue University. “Once again, secondary students were engaged and enthusiastic at this event. With limited time and resources for potential teacher education candidates to explore Indiana teacher education programs, this event brought 33 teacher education programs together for one stop shopping. Universities love meeting with high school students who are seriously interested in becoming teachers. It’s a win-win.”
“Thank you for allowing my student to go with FCCLA to the teacher workshop,” an Indiana parent said, “She truly enjoyed all of it. She was starting to get frustrated and questioning her choice of wanting to be a teacher, but after attending this workshop she still has the desire to teach.”
That evening we got to attend a Pacers game which was really exciting.
It is so awesome that Indiana is encouraging the next generation of educators. My hope is that we will continue to support our current and future educators.
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