The Warren County Career Center Teacher Academy students again participated in the annual “Read for the Record” event on Oct. 3. The students, all seniors interested in the teaching profession, read at elementary schools in the Lebanon, Kings, Springboro, Waynesville and Franklin school districts. They also developed lesson plans for an activity to go along with the book. The Teacher Academy students asked the elementary students questions about the story, helping them learn how to summarize and compare and contrast elements in the story, and then led them in a grade-level-appropriate activity.
“The students surprised me,” Amanda Mousa, Springboro, said about her experience in the third-grade class at South Lebanon Elementary. “I thought maybe they would get restless, but they all paid attention to the story and enjoyed it. I learned about timing questions and answers during the lesson. You just can’t call on everyone, but you have to make sure you include all of them in the discussion.”
The WCCC Teacher Academy is a one-year program for seniors interested in majoring in education in college. One class meets at the WCCC main campus in Lebanon, and one class is a satellite program at Lebanon High School. Heather Snider, a former Teacher Academy student, is the instructor.
Each year, millions of adults read a selected book to children in schools across the U.S. This year the book was “Otis” by Loren Long, a story about a tractor who befriends a calf in the barn and later saves the day when the calf gets stuck in a mud pond. The event is sponsored by Jumpstart in partnership with the Pearson Foundation and promotes early childhood education and literacy.