Future Teachers Get Inside Look at the Art of Teaching With Summer Course at Genesee

Future teachers and teaching assistants will get a personal look at the profession of teaching this summer at Genesee Community College’s Lakeville campus. Introduction to Education (EDF 100) will run during the college’s summer session, from June 30-August 2, 2008 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

An exciting component of this 3-credit course is the unique opportunity to design and conduct lessons under the supervision of certified teachers at the Genesee Valley Farm Discovery Center in Groveland, NY. Participants will use selected science-based lessons from NY Ag in the Classroom’s new SOLE (Science of Life Exploration) curriculum and learn how the curriculum was developed and tied to NYS Learning Standards.

“This unique partnership with Genesee will benefit future education majors, grade school students, and the farming community in general,” said Vincent Lalli, Director of Education at the Genesee Valley Farm Discovery Center.

Participants will prepare a relevant interdisciplinary lesson for school-age children and teach a minimum of one short lesson plan that integrates science and agriculture to children at the Genesee Valley Farm Discovery Center. Other course components include evaluating lessons of peers and concluding with ready-to-use teaching materials.

“This is a wonderful course for those who are considering a career in teaching,” said Christine Belongia, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Genesee. “It is truly a learner-centered classroom environment with plenty of hands-on activities that will be invaluable as participants continue their teaching career.”

June 2008 high school graduates from Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, or Wyoming counties can register for this course as part of Genesee Promise Plus, a special program that gives scholarships covering the cost of tuition for one or two summer courses to every GLOW area June 2008 graduate. The application deadline for Genesee Promise Plus is June 15, 2008; visit www.genesee.edu/promise to download an application, get more information, or check out the full schedule of summer courses.

For more information about this Introduction to Education course, contact Christine Belongia at cbelongia@genesee.edu. To register for the course contact Genesee Community College at Lakeville at 585-346-5070.