Are your kids' teachers prepared when they step into the classroom for the first time?
Well, Culver-Stockton College is trying to make sure of that by having their students learn in a simulated classroom before they even start student teaching.
Education students said this new simulated classroom that was unveiled today will give them the edge they need when they walk into their first classroom as a teacher.
"We can practice using these, the technology and the books, that way when we actually get into the classroom we won't be running around, trying to find this and that," said junior Danielle Wade.
Wade said learning how to become an effective teacher by attending lectures and creating lesson plans is important, but it doesn't fully prepare students for that first day in front of dozens of kids.
"It is intimidating to be in front of a classroom for the first time, but being able to use this classroom and having the kids come up here for tutoring will help us," said Wade.
Education instructor Barb Tripp said the simulated classroom is a way to alleviate some of the uneasiness that students like Wade sometimes feel before their first teaching job.
"It's an environment that. It is one thing to stand up in front of your peers, and do a little presentation that you've practiced. It is quite another when you go out and you have this classroom, that you are supposed to know what to do," said Tripp.
Tripp hopes the new classroom will give her students the edge they need to succeed.
"When they go out into the classroom, on their own, they will be more than ready to begin without needing extra help," said Tripp.
The classroom is dedicated to Jordan Smith, who died in a car crash last year.
Instructors said she was an enthusiastic student.
The College created the classroom through private donations, but it still needs more money.
If you would like to donate, call Culver-Stockton at 1 (800) 537-1883.
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