Ready, set, teach!
By Megan Paradowski
Although classes are typically taught by teachers, there is one class that allows the students to be in charge. Run by Jennifer Gosselin, Ready Set Teach instructs students on how to become teachers.
“[Ready Set Teach] is an opportunity to learn what teachers do and a chance to work in the classroom with students,” Gosselin said.
There are four students currently enrolled in the class, and they meet every day during first and second period.
“I like it because you can experience teaching hands on before you go into college, so you know if it’s something you really want to do or not,” senior Jordie Wells said.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the students get to intern at one of 12 different CSISD campuses. Although the students did not have any teacher preferences, they did preference what school, grade and subject they wanted. They also sent in their resume, a teaching plan and a letter. In addition, Gosselin wrote the principals. All of the girls were accepted.
“[The internships] really put you in the mindset of a teacher,” Gosselin said.
At the internships, the students observe the class and tutor students as necessary. Towards the end of the program, they get to teach a lesson to the class.
For junior Leah Lewis, her responsibilities include singing and dancing with the kindergartners at Forest Ridge, helping them read their bellwork and assisting the teacher with the morning calendar activity, which includes adding money, saying the date and working on counting.
“Last week there was a substitute, so I was the one teaching the calendar activity,” Lewis said. “It was really fun.”
Lewis also works with four students during their learning stations.
“I’ve learned a lot about how to manage the classroom,” Lewis said.
Senior Sierra Lamb has also learned new things from the experience.
“You look at things differently because you know more about the classroom,” senior Sierra Lamb said.
Lewis would agree.
“Sculpting different people’s minds is so interesting to me,” Lewis said. “It’s really rewarding.”