A2 Charter School students and
Lakeland College pre-service
teachers discussed Wisconsin's
rich history in fur trading, logging,
mining and industry.
Lakeland College pre-service teachers met with fourth and fifth graders at A2
Charter School to discuss Wisconsin's rich history in fur trading,
logging, mining and industry. This was the second time this school year
that Lakeland student teachers and their professor, Dr. Eileen Hilke,
worked with the accelerated learners at A2 Charter School.
"It's good to work with teachers you don't see everyday," said one fourth grader.
at the charter school for self-directed learners are incorporating the
study of Wisconsin and its history into their social studies as they
prepare for an upcoming presentation by a French fur trader
Lakeland student teachers
used the opportunity to develop lessons appropriate for the students
and included trade simulations and other activities designed to be a
hands-on experience in the ways of early Wisconsin.
had so many things for us to look at and do to help us understand the
ideas," said another student, who really appreciated the experience.
groups had previously come together for a morning to discuss literature
they had read and reach a deeper level of understanding of the
A2 teachers, Kathy Nelesen
and Sandy Spatt, agree the pairing of their students with the college
students is beneficial on many levels.
students are thrilled to be able to converse in a scholarly manner with
college students. It makes the prospect of the college experience less
daunting," said Nelesen.
"The student teachers
bring such energy and enthusiasm to the experience and offer our
students alternative ways to process and appreciate knowledge," Spatt
A2 Charter School is in its second
year. It shares facilities with Jackson Elementary School, 2530 Weeden
Creek Road, and is part of the Sheboygan Area School District.