Kelly Moss '14, Kelsey Hainley '15, Natalie Saunders '15,
Lindsie Blaylock '14
Randolph-Macon College Elementary Education
students are already preparing for their own future classrooms by designing lessons,
gathering information, and exploring community resources.
Four Elementary Education students recently took advantage of the MathScience Innovation
Center’s Open House. The Center, located in Richmond, Virginia, provides engaging,
futuristic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs through
lessons at the Center as well as in K-12 classrooms in Central Virginia.
During the Open House, R-MC pre-service teachers, accompanied by Education Professor
Diana Yesbeck, explored classrooms equipped with lessons on weather, chemistry,
spiders, aquariums, and the Challenger Space Center. As they visited the classrooms,
students explored a weather simulation activity; discovered the effects of droughts
during a farmland activity; observed spider habitats and their feeding behaviors;
handled aquatic specimens in an aquarium touch-tank, and learned how Mission Control
assists with a space voyage to Mars.
“During the Elementary Education Minor Program of Study, R-MC students participate
in many activities outside of the traditional classroom,” says Yesbeck. “The MathScience
Innovation Center is just one more way to reinforce critical concepts through student
Kelsey Hainley ’15, a women’s
studies major and education minor, says the Open House was a great learning
opportunity. “The MathScience Innovation Center opened my eyes as a pre-service
teacher to the different types of hands-on experiences and activities that my future
students can and should experience,” says Hainley.
The R-MC Education Department
With a strong tradition of preparing outstanding teachers, R-MC’s education minor
is a Virginia Department of Education approved educator preparation program and
is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. The teacher preparation
program at R-MC creates reflective, passionate educators who are highly qualified
in their content area and in 21st-century teaching skills. Inspired by R-MC’s own
dedicated teaching faculty, our graduates bring to their own classrooms a commitment
to children, youth, and families and to embracing and celebrating diversity.
With the first course in R-MC’s teacher preparation program, students are in the
community, working with real students and teachers in local school classrooms. R-MC
education courses fully integrate classroom and experiential learning, opportunities
for collaborative research, civic and global engagement, personalized guidance,
and leadership development.