Teacher Forum Provides Professional Advice to Future Educators

April 13, 2010

A recent event held at Mount Union College for education majors allowed the students to have access to the best advice and teaching methods as presented by veteran teachers with years of field experience.


Mount Union student Molly Carte listens intently to the advice of experienced teachers.

Mount Union student Molly Carte listens intently to the advice of experienced teachers.

Eight teachers from Alliance City Schools and Kent City Schools participated in a "Teacher Forum" for early childhood education majors, held in the Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center at Mount Union. Each teacher sat at an individual stations and presented their best ideas, most creative solutions and teaching techniques to a small number of Mount Union students. The students, all members of education instructor Deborah Walker's Integrated Language Arts for Emergent Readers class, rotated around the room, until each student had been at each individual station. The idea was Walker's, and, with the help of Alliance City Schools Curriculum Director Sue Shuster, they were able to recruit teachers from the grade school level who had worked considerably with teacher candidates (formerly known as student teachers).

"This is a very strong group of students, and they are very excited to have dialogue with teachers who are in the field," said Walker. "I really think these students will take these ideas being presented and run with them."

Molly Carte, a junior from Cleveland, was thrilled to have this opportunity.

"Mount Union gives us so many good opportunities to gain experience. And experience is everything," said Cart. "It also enabled us to make connections with people we might later want to contact, making it easier to have communication and network with people in the field. This was priceless."

The teachers who participated in the event were Kelly Barthel, Peggy Brennen, Cheryl Butler, Lynn Clunk, Kathy Kramer, Andrea Offenbecher and Missy Ruggles of Alliance City Schools and April Parks of Kent City Schools.

"An event like this better prepares our students," said Walker. "They are anxious to get as many ideas as they can and this gives them more confidence as they enter the field of education."

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