WWU education students learn from second-graders

William Woods University education
technology students recently got a lesson from an unlikely source: second-grade students
from Jefferson City’s West Elementary School.
With the assistance of their teacher,
Shannon Barnard, they helped the WWU students learn more about classroom
teaching, providing demonstrations in literacy and
Barnard demonstrated technology integration in teaching,
transitions, cooperative
teaching and other teaching strategies. The WWU students also completed
teaching activities with the second-graders.
“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,” Barnard said.
A 2008 WWU graduate with a Bachelor of Science
degree in elementary
education, Barnard is currently enrolled in WWU’s Master
of Education (M.Ed.) degree program.
“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.”
While on campus, the West Elementary
students ate lunch with college students
at Tucker Dining Hall and took a tour of campus, including the equestrian
facilities, led by William Woods students.
The project was accomplished with financial assistance from
faculty creative grant funding provided by the academic dean’s office.

“Spending a day with Miss Barnard’s second-graders was a wonderful experience,” said
Leigh Rice of Fulton. “I am a secondary education major so most of my time has been spent in the high school setting. It was so great to see the kinds of activities
and projects the students get to work with in class.” 

William Woods University education students accompany second-graders from the bus to the classroom.
Jessica Gibson
of Holts Summit helps a young girl with a project.
Stormey Hug of
Portland works with two little boys.
and William Woods University education students  gather for a group photo on the steps of Dulany Auditorium.