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February 26, 2015 In Malawi Blog
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On Tuesday, February 24, I visited Longfellow Elementary School in Sheboygan to observe the Lakeland graduate students working with elementary school students to improve reading skills. Today's post is a photo essay that describes what I saw taking place. 


The graduate students have been visiting Longfellow School every Tuesday and Thursday for the last several weeks as a practicum experience, putting into practice the theories and skills they are learning in the classroom. Their cooperating reading specialists in the elementary school are Geralyn Leannah and Lori Ann Roelse.  Ms. Leannah and Ms. Roelse are also the professors in the Instructional Strategies course the graduate students are taking this term.  Several of the Lakeland students expressed how gratifying and helpful it was to be able to see the various strategies they have learned come to life in a classroom with young learners.  These are skills the M.Ed. students will have perfected while they are here. In the future, they will be able to pass these tested strategies to teachers in the Teacher Training Colleges in Malawi.

The Lakeland students will continue with their same groups of children for the rest of the semester. These photos clearly show the engagement in the learning process that is happening and the friendships that have been made.

IMG 8517 resizedBenjamin David


IMG 1045Bertha Singini


IMG 1037Elias Lyson


IMG 8518 resizedElymas Tembwe

IMG 1017Margaret Mulaga


IMG 1023Michael Simawo


IMG 1021Ndamyo Mwanyongo


IMG 0994Overton Simbeye


IMG 8523 resizedPhillip Nachonie


This post is written by Lisa Vihos, the Director of Sponsored Programs and Research at Lakeland College. The program is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this blog are the responsibility of Lakeland College and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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