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.