November 9, 2006
Thirty-three pre-service teachers in Dr. Doris Metz's Curriculum and Instruction classes at the University of Maine at Fort Kent presented two fruit baskets to the staff at the Fort Kent Elementary School on November 8.
Sixteen teachers from the FKES have been collaborating with the UMFK pre-service teachers by allowing them to observe and volunteer in the classrooms.
This year, as in the past, education students were excited to learn that they would have the opportunity to work closely with experienced teachers in the local schools prior to student teaching.
"Observing and interacting with children and professional teachers in an authentic learning environment positively impacts university students? education as they prepare for the teaching profession," notes Dr. Metz.
The experiences provide opportunities for university students to see teachers at work with various learners. Without the collaboration of area teachers, future teachers would miss a vital element of the teacher preparation program, gaining knowledge only through their textbook readings.
In their studies, UMFK education students are learning about the professional responsibilities of teachers, effective teaching strategies relating to the selection and implementation of a curriculum, the classroom learning environment, assessing student learning, and classroom management techniques among other topics.