Lakeview students gain experience through the Teacher Cadet program

Alicia Bullaro, Staff Writer

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The Teacher Cadet program at Lakeview High School gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience teaching.  In this program, students travel to one of the four in-district elementary schools and aid in a classroom.

  In these classrooms, the cadets work with students in a one-on-one setting and sometimes conduct whole-group lessons in front of the class. This is a great way for the cadets to get an understanding of how to run a classroom.

 Conducting lessons provides opportunities for cadets to self reflect. Senior Trent LeFever stated, “ I sometimes get to explain a math lesson in front of the class instead of their teacher.  It’s really cool to get experience like that to know what kind of a teacher I would be.”  They also help the teachers with paperwork and grading.

  The classroom teachers would rather the cadets focus on instruction than much of the paperwork that comes with the professions.  

  Katie Fisher, ‘18 said, “I work for a great teacher. She doesn’t give me too much work because she wants me to be with the kids more than doing paperwork all the time.”

  The students are required to do 20 hours of voluntary community service, which reflects the number of contractual hours  teachers in the district must do in one school year – another way in which the program gives the students an understanding of the requirements of being a teacher.

  The program allows cadets to make a more educated decision on whether or not teaching is a potential career choice.  In a 2017 survey of college freshmen, just 4.2 percent say they will major in education.  This is compared to the 11 percent in 2000.  The Teacher Cadet program is looking to get students interested in this field early on so that more young people will pursue this career in the future.

 

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Lakeview students gain experience through the Teacher Cadet program