Students in two education courses are gaining hands-on experience this semester by partnering with Crestwood Local Schools in Mantua.
Education instructor Jen McCreight’s Developmentally Appropriate Practice class worked with a social skills group at the Crestwood primary school. The Hiram College students taught coping strategies and cooperative play to kindergarten, first and second grade students. They also engaged the students in literary activities.
Associate professor of education Roxanne Sorrick’s Human Growth and Development course is tutoring middle schoolers in preparation for the Ohio Achievement Assessment in April. The Hiram students are taking theories they learn in the classroom, and applying them to real life, as they interact with the Crestwood students in small group and one-on-one tutoring sessions.
“The opportunity to develop rapport with a group of students and to feel the impact of working with students cannot be duplicated in the college classroom,” Sorrick said. “In addition, the knowledge they gain from seeing the students in the school context helps to frame the theories presented in the textbook.”
These partnerships are reflective of the Education Department’s curriculum as a whole.
“Hiram’s teacher licensure program and the educational studies program are very much field-based,” Sorrick said. “We believe strongly that our students should be with schools from the beginning of their program.”