Learning to teach and teaching to learn, it’s so much fun, no need for concern.
Like a Seussical phrase, high school students learning to be teachers fit nicely and appropriately teaching young children Dr. Seuss-inspired lessons.
A few weeks after the famed late author’s birthday, which was March 2, Career Center education students brought lessons emphasizing reading to Iduma Elementary School. Working in small
groups, the 22 high school students wearing Seuss hats taught prekindergarten, kindergarten and first-graders. They read books, led students in various lessons and guided them through a pledge to be committed readers.
The high school students are part of the education and training career cluster at the KISD Career Center. Most spend part of their day at a home campus and part at the center.
The students also complete fieldwork, shadowing and assisting teachers at Iduma and Reeces Creek elementary schools.
Tina Tamplen, the Career Center education teacher, commended her students for showing flexibility in adapting to various classes and with different aged students. “That is the real world in teaching,” she told them.
Dressed as the famous hat-wearing cat, Shoemaker senior Jon’ette Jackson said she was impressed at students’ reaction to seeing her as the beloved Cat in the Hat.
“Dr. Seuss had such an impact,” Jackson said. “He emphasized doing the right thing and using your imagination. I loved being here today. It brightened my day.”
In one lesson, students read “A Wocket in My Pocket,” then directed students to draw an imaginary “wocket” for their pocket.
In another lesson, half of a group of students received a star and the other half didn’t and the teaching students challenged them to reflect on how it feels to be left out of a game like the star-bellied sneetches in Seuss’ “The Sneetches.”
“We wanted to encourage them to be readers,” said Ellison senior Alycia Price, who said she wants to teach prekindergarten. “I can tell they enjoyed it.”
“The best part was knowing they took something from us,” said Ellison senior Mikayla King. “They actually want to read each day and each night (as the reading pledge goes).”
Tamplen said she and her students would reflect on experiences, comparing reaction among the different grade levels and various lessons.
“I was excited to see the students using different teaching styles,” the teacher said. “They used the same lesson in different ways, which is good.”