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Teaching the teachers - Feature Stories
June 2010 Issue
The bustling second-graders line up at their classroom doors and wait impatiently to go into the hallway. At 10 a.m. sharp, their teachers count off six students at a time and guide them to one of the nine half-moon-shaped tables set up in the hall. At each table, smiling University of Georgia student teachers anticipate their arrival. “How is everyone doing this morning?” asks Jordan Smith, 22, an early childhood education major from Albany, as a group of boys approaches her table and settles into child-size seats. She holds up a tiny green figurine and asks them to tell her what it is. One child, barely above a whisper, says it is a fish. Another child more confidently insists it is a tadpole. “What if I tell you it is a baby animal?” Smith asks them. “Do you want to change any of your predictions?” The boys stick to their original hypotheses. Smith pulls out a piece of paper …
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