MHS Future Teachers experience college classes
Published 2:59 pm Friday, June 3, 2016
FROM STAFF REPORTS
MONTEVALLO–Montevallo High School’s Future Teachers members got an insight of a college class while learning about the field of teaching this past semester.
Seniors of the Future Teachers organization partnered with Jennifer Davis’ advanced methods and materials in elementary education class at the University of Montevallo. The course deals with the selection and organization of instructional materials and teaching methods appropriate for elementary students.
Both UM and MHS students were placed in four different professional learning communities groups. Each time they met, two of them were responsible for teaching assigned content to the other members of the group.
The content included child development, play in childhood, working with families and communities, diversity, classroom climate and structure, developmentally appropriate curriculum and supporting emotional development.
At the last class, the MHS seniors had the opportunity to teach the students about supporting emotional and social development.
“It was so exciting to work with the group of senior students and see them interact with UM students,” Davis said.
Future Teachers sponsor Dawn Cabrera thought the program went well.
“I think the seniors enjoyed finding out what college classes would be like without having to be thrown into the fire,” Cabrera said. “The only thing I have heard from seniors is about being held accountable without having someone to consistently remind them of lessons.”
Senior member Lauren Yancy thought the classes were an excellent experience.
“I loved learning new things about the world of teaching,” Yancy said. “I enjoyed getting to learn from the group of college students I was paired with.”
Future Teacher President Claire Gray saw the classes as a beneficial experience for her future.
“I thought that this was a great opportunity to not only learn about elementary education but to also see what a college class is like,” Gray said. “The relationships that were built with the students were also beneficial to be able to learn what being an education major really entails. I hope the underclassmen get to experience this very beneficial program.”
Davis commended Cabrera for all she does for the Future Teachers organization.
“Mrs. Cabrera is a very dedicated professional,” said Davis. “She is always willing to try any new program that will benefit her students. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her and the students over the last several years.”