Pictured (front row, from left) are Angela Sly, of Manhattan; Monika Mickute, of Tinley Park; Tamu Wright, of Chicago; Karyn Murphy, of Oak Lawn; (middle row) Angela Danaher, of Oak Lawn; Kara McFadden, of Frankfort; Michelle Chlebek, of Oak Lawn; Ashley Suchor, of Lockport; Alyssa Jacob, of Chicago; and (back row) teacher Jeannine Klomes, Aquila Manfredini, of Westchester; Nick Muzzarelli, of Braidwood; Kelly Bohne, of Tinley Park; Vanessa Jauregui, of Highland, Ind.; and Dalila Perez, of Blue Island. | Supplied Photo
Updated: March 4, 2013 6:12AM
Jeannine Klomes, professor of education at Governors State University in University Park, knows that sharing academic experiences can be an effective teaching method.
Each semester, to help her lab students prepare for their upcoming student teaching experience, Klomes invites current student teachers to share a potluck breakfast with students enrolled in lab.
The gathering provides those preparing to student teach with feedback and information from those currently engaged in the 15-week field experience.
At the breakfast, early childhood education majors network with the current ECE student teachers.
As they enjoy coffee and snacks, they share stories and advice. Discussions range from how best to prepare for working with a classroom of children seven hours a day, five days a week, to stories about the most stressful moments and the most rewarding moments.
Lab students learn from new supportive peers, the student teachers confirm their performance progress, and Klomes gains insight about how to improve ECE course instruction.
“Gearing up for student teaching can be very intimidating because students are required to effectively integrate a wealth of college class material into the professional knowledge, skills and disposition expected of beginning teachers,” Klomes said. “Having an opportunity to talk with those succeeding in this process is wonderful.”
Students graduating with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in early childhood education with Illinois teacher certification are qualified to teach children in third grade and younger in the private or public ISBE school system.
Students in the program hail from Manhattan, Tinley Park, Chicago, Oak Lawn, Frankfort, Lockport and Blue Island, among others.
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