Our High School offers Career and Technology electives for students and I have the privilege of teaching the Teacher Training Program and the Student Teacher Experience. Both of these courses are filled with 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are seriously considering careers in education. These students are hard working, extremely caring, and have a desire to meet the needs of others!
Grace, Erica, Dana, Melissa, Angelina, and Jessica are students in my Student Teaching Experience class. They have the desire to execute a service project that will impact the community through Porter Elementary School. There are 40 other students participating in this service project under the leadership of these 6 juniors and seniors.
There are numerous skills that my students will learn through executing this service project. Academically, my students are gaining organizational, research, and leadership skills as they imagine what they could do to serve the community. They've researched S.T.E.M. to gain an understanding of how S.T.E.M. disciplines are springboards for many careers in today's world and they desire to bring quality materials to the local elementary's S.T.E.M. Lab in a sustainable way that will enhance the elementary students' academic achievement. My students will then be writing and implementing lesson plans using this technology and Lab.
Emotionally, my students are brainstorming, problem-solving, and utilizing teamwork in order to execute this service project for Porter Elementary successfully.
In Their Own Words
The goals that we are trying to accomplish with this project will affect two groups of students: Mesa High Educators Rising Students and Porter Elementary (K-6th) students.
Every year, we have the chance to compete at the Educators Rising State Leadership Conference. Last year was our first year attending and we had outstanding presentations and even had both state and national award winners! Our program has grasped the attention of students and our district which has opened their mindsets about possibly choosing a career in education. This attention has caused our program to double in size! This year when we compete at the State Leadership Conference, we want to go BIG and benefit not only ourselves, but our community by creating and carrying out this service project.
Porter Elementary students will benefit by this project because unfortunately, their lab is missing the T. in S.T.E.M. which is technology.
We, as high school students, have come to the conclusion that we need to take matters into our own hands! We want to impact the lives of these 500+ students by giving them unforgettable experiences that will potentially open future career paths through the S.T.E.M. Lab. Our leadership skills are growing by taking this step and getting out of our comfort zones. We have never been a part of something this big, let alone, be the ones in control.
If this project is funded, the iPods will be delivered to and belong to our local elementary school. We will demonstrate leadership by creating lesson plans and instructing KIndergarten through 6th grade children on different places around the world. For example, if students learn about China, we will be able to take them to the Great Wall of China through a virtual field trip. We will be able to connect technology to the learning that is happening in their classrooms every day! This will definitely impact students for years to come!
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