Early Childhood Education Students Get Creative with Mentorships
Earlier this month, students in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program were paired with an early childhood education teacher at one of the Westminster Public Schools preschool programs. The students Zoomed with their mentor teachers to ask questions about their career pathway and what it has been like teaching children both virtually and in-person during a pandemic. As their Industry Sponsored Project, the students are collaborating with their mentor teachers throughout the semester to develop at least one lesson plan, schedule or center activities for a day. The mentor teacher will teach the collaborative lesson to his or her classroom of students, record the lesson, and send it to the ECE students for observations and feedback. The students will have a final meeting with their mentor teacher to discuss what went well with the lesson plan and areas for improvement. Since the students could not physically go into the preschool classrooms for internships, this is proving to be a viable alternative for getting “hands-on learning” that is in compliance with Covid requirements. Erin Black, ECE teacher, says, “We can’t wait to see what our future teachers come up with!”
Individuals pictured clockwise: Maria Ramirez Cabral (ECE student), Erin Black (WHS ECE Instructor), Lizbeth Morales Soto (ECE student) and Talia Martinez (Preschool Teacher FM Day ELC).