Second-grade students provide WWU teaching demonstration

Second-grade students from Jefferson City, Mo., recently
helped William Woods University elementary education majors learn more about
classroom teaching.

Coming to Fulton from West Elementary School in Jefferson City,
Mo., 21 children assisted their teacher in providing a teaching demonstration
in the university’s model classroom.
Shannon Barnard, their teacher and a WWU alumna, led the
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.
“I loved watching the college kids and second-graders work
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.” 
WWU pre-service teachers—those who have not yet started their
student teaching— learned about technology integration, cooperative learning
activities, reading time, hands-on learning activities and classroom management.
Barnard showed the WWU students how to integrate technology
into the classroom and various ways to transition between subjects and

“Having our own graduates come back to provide demonstrations
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.”
The 16 pre-service teachers were responsible for providing
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.”

She added, “I think it is so important for the pre-service
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.”
Wen explained why he set up the demonstration program: “Real
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
This is the second time William Woods has hosted a full-day
teaching demonstration. Previously, Kimberly Euliss, who earned her M.Ed. from
WWU, brought her students from Columbia Public Schools.
“It is my intention to continue to invite more exceptional
teachers with their students to our model classroom for more teaching
demonstrations,” said Wen.
He added that other education faculty members invite children
from surrounding elementary schools to participate in an annual math fair.
While on campus, the West Elementary students ate lunch with
college students at Tucker Dining Hall and took a small tour of campus led by
William Woods students.
“The trip to William Woods is one that my students and I will
never forget,” said Barnard.  “It was one of the best learning experiences
for my students and the pre-service teachers.”
Brittany Graue of St. Louis,
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.

WWU student, Mallory Means-Morice of Fulton, works on a nail project with
youngsters from West Elementary School in Jefferson City, Mo.

Corey Samples (left) and Michael Str