helped William Woods University elementary education majors learn more about
Mo., 21 children assisted their teacher in providing a teaching demonstration
in the university’s model classroom.
demonstration, giving two 45-minute lessons about gravity. A 2008 graduate with
a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, Barnard is currently
enrolled in WWU’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program.
together on the different science projects,” Barnard said. “It gave my
second-graders a chance to shine and show off what they understood, and it gave
the college students a chance to watch and learn ways to guide the students
when they were having trouble completing a task.”
student teaching— learned about technology integration, cooperative learning
activities, reading time, hands-on learning activities and classroom management.
into the classroom and various ways to transition between subjects and
says a lot about the quality of our program,” said Dr. Roger Wen, associate professor of education and business. “Shannon is an excellent teacher at a
very young age.”
small group activities to supplement the other exercises.
“The pre-service teachers were all prepared for their lessons and did such a wonderful job interacting with my students,” Barnard said. “When kids are engaged and having fun they don’t even realize that they are learning. That is one of the best parts of teaching.”
teachers to get to do hands-on activities with kids so they can get a feel for
what it is like in a classroom. Anyone can type up a lesson plan, but teaching
it to students can be totally different.”
life teaching is not easy to arrange for our students, and the more experience
to observe the actual teaching will benefit pre-service teachers in the long
teaching demonstration. Previously, Kimberly Euliss, who earned her M.Ed. from
WWU, brought her students from Columbia Public Schools.
teachers with their students to our model classroom for more teaching
demonstrations,” said Wen.
from surrounding elementary schools to participate in an annual math fair.
college students at Tucker Dining Hall and took a small tour of campus led by
William Woods students.
never forget,” said Barnard. “It was one of the best learning experiences
for my students and the pre-service teachers.”
a WWU student, works with a child from Jefferson City.
Shannon Barnard reads a story
to the children during a teaching demonstration at William Woods University.
youngsters from West Elementary School in Jefferson City, Mo.
Corey Samples (left) and Michael Str