Twenty Waynesburg University students from the Department of Education were given the opportunity to put their teaching skills to work Thursday, Oct. 31, when they traveled to Waynesburg Central Elementary School.
Juniors and seniors from the Department of Education’s Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi, as well as sophomore education majors, taught students and led fall activities for nearly two hours.
“They designed fall-themed activities for kindergarten and first grade classes. The students rotated to experience five fall lessons,” said Dr. Deana Mack, chair of the Department of Education and assistant professor of education.
Even though students in the Department of Education start working in the field sophomore year, this opportunity provided a different field experience. It allowed students to work in a collaborative teaching environment and for seniors to serve in a leadership capacity.
According to Mack, the goal of the visit was for students to gain first-hand experience with collaborative teaching and to put into practice the Danielson Framework, which includes the areas of planning, classroom environment, instructional delivery and professionalism.
Aside from the benefit to Waynesburg University students, this opportunity afforded an opportunity to thank Waynesburg Central Elementary School for being supportive and welcoming to Waynesburg University students.
“We wanted Waynesburg Central Elementary to have a fun and educational event. They are always so supportive of our students, and we felt this was a great service opportunity and a way to give back,” added Mack.