The William Paca Middle School Future Teachers Club under the guidance of their advisors Stephanie Wiwczar and Victoria Serabian recently visited Tangier Smith Elementary School to work with second-grade students in Kimberly McGovern’s, Allyson Romero’s and Mary Worontsoff’s classes. The Future Teachers Club provides students with a foundation and real-life experiences of being a teacher and is designed for students who may be interested in working as an educator.
Made up primarily of sixth-grade students with a few seventh graders, Future Teachers Club participants are described by their advisors as bright, kind and dedicated individuals who are eager to do well.
The field trip to Tangier Smith took place in mid-February and students had the opportunity to teach Valentine’s Day-themed lessons focused on math and literacy. It also coincided with the 100th day of school in which many of the elementary students dressed as 100-year old men and women.
“The students absolutely loved going to Tangier Smith Elementary School,” said Ms. Wiwczar. “They were nervous right before we left, however, as soon as they entered the classroom all their fears went away.”
Moving forward, the Willam Paca Middle School Future Teachers Club is exploring taking another field trip to an elementary school and discussing the different researched-based teaching models that work best in an elementary school setting. The students are also exploring creating their own lesson plans and there may be opportunities for them to shadow some of their own teachers to get an idea of what a full teaching day entails.
“They were naturals in front of the second graders,” added Ms. Wiwczar. “They told us they felt like real teachers and were happy to see the students enjoyed the lessons that they planned.”