The Journaling Jackets and The Tiger Cubs celebrate.
Ten Randolph-Macon College education students
recently participated in a course, Education 102: REAL Experiences, designed to
examine the writing process through a cooperative opportunity designed by Ms. Lisa
Talley, reading specialist at Henry Clay Elementary School, and R-MC Education Professor
Utilizing correspondence journals that traveled back and forth between Mabry House
(home of the Education Department) and Henry Clay Elementary School, the R-MC students,
the Journaling Jackets, corresponded weekly with Ms. Cory Cox’s second-grade students.
Cox is a 2003 Randolph-Macon College graduate.
Cox and Talley both agree that the journals were a powerful way to promote discussion
and writing. Among the entries that the second-graders (known as The Tiger Cubs)
recorded were “I really don’t want writing to you to end but it has to” and “I want
to go to Randolph-Macon when I grow up!”
Education 102: REAL Experiences is designed for education minors and all R-MC students
who are interested in local community service opportunities where they can really
make a difference in the lives of children.
“The R-MC Journaling Jackets learned how the writing process develops with real
students,” says Roberson. “They had an opportunity to model and teach what good
writers do and—very important—they developed meaningful relationships with their
The Education Minor
R-MC has a strong tradition of preparing educators, and the education minor offers
students a strong theoretical and practical introduction to teaching at the pre-K,
elementary, middle and secondary-school levels, and in music education. Students
completing an education minor fulfill all requirements necessary for pursuing teacher
licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.