Andrea Snyder (center), a senior from Toledo majoring in middle childhood education, engages students from East Broadway Middle School in a game of Huff Ball during East Toledo Day at BGSU. Shown left to right are middle schoolers Miranda Henninger, Taylor Ault, Joshua Trejas, Mike Ruiz and Jonathon Billups.
Education majors welcome junior high students to campus
The College of Education and Human Development held its annual East Toledo Day Oct. 24, when education majors undergoing their methods classes welcomed students from East Broadway Middle School. Both groups are preparing for the next step in their educational careers, explained graduate assistant Sarah Griffith, and the day provides an opportunity to get together and explore possibilities.
Nearly 190 middle school students took a break from their regular routine to spend some time on campus. The students were divided into groups and participated in a variety of activities.
Doug Bell, an eighth-grade science teacher, said the experience gives his students a “better picture of what college is, and they are very lucky for this opportunity.”
The event also helps the education majors prepare for their future. The students had to write lesson plans for each of the activities.
You learn “classroom discipline and how to work with specific age groups,” said methods student Brittany Thomas of Liberty Township.
The day’s educational activities included displaying data through box-and-whisker plots, learning about forces by playing table ping-pong with straws, exploring options by researching colleges on the Internet, creating roller coaster tracks for marbles with tubing and duct tape, and addressing current events such as the election through songwriting.
Eighth-grader Daniel Wilson described the day as “pretty fun.” He especially enjoyed the music activity. “I made my own rap about Obama winning the election.”
November 3, 2008