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Members of Margaret Brent Middle School’s Future Educators Association figured out that sometimes the best way to learn a new lesson is showing its effects in a real-world situation.
The club, which meets during a morning start-up period, has helped with other teaching tasks, including helping to organize testing materials.
But it’s standing in front of a roomful of children and teaching them new information that most excites the group, students said. The Margaret Brent students traveled to nearby Dynard Elementary School to teach third graders using some of the skills the middle school students picked up from the club.
“I think they learned something,” Tristan Baxter said of his experience teaching real-world uses of multiplication with the Dynard class. “We got to teach and set up lessons and work on computers.”
He said he thought that teaching the elementary school students was actually easier than standing up in front of his own peers to present a project in class.
Is he planning to become a teacher? “It’s a possibility,” Baxter said.
Science teacher Hannah Mossman-Haas said the enrichment group offers about two dozen students a chance to try out what it is like to be a teacher.
“I wanted to inspire them as educators,” she said.
Mossman-Haas, who took over leading the club this year, has taught for 27 years.
She draws on that experience, and said the club’s projects incorporate elements of the student service learning model, including planning, preparing, implementation and reflection. She also reminds the middle school students to always keep in mind who their audience will be, especially considering ages.
“It’s fun to teach,” said Brenna Riddle, 14, a member of the educators’ club. “They get so excited when you teach them new things.”
Riddle said the middle school students handed out bookmarks with science facts printed on them. The elementary students also were given stickers when they answered something correctly, she said.
“That was good reinforcement for them,” she said, throwing out the educator jargon like a professional.
Riddle said that she has learned that teaching is hard work, especially with all of the preparation involved before teaching a lesson.
Zach Buckler, 12, said that he wore a short and tie to help lend an air of authority to his work with the younger students.
When asked if he would want to be a teacher when he is an adult, Buckler said, “It seems like it would be a fun thing to do.”
He said he looks forward to another chance to teach at Dynard later this year.
“We get to experience their jobs,” Buckler said. “It puts us in their shoes.”