Preparing education majors for the classroom

Senior Ali Toohey, president of Kappa Delta Pi, gives a presentation on classroom discipline at the honor society’s workshop.
Senior Ali Toohey, president of Kappa Delta Pi, gives a presentation on classroom discipline at the honor society’s workshop.

by Brian Long

A variety of workshops focused on different aspects of teaching, such as inclusion and differentiation in the classroom and teaching in an autistic classroom, marked the Education Honor Society’s second workshop day on Sunday, April 5.

After the success of last year’s program, Kappa Delta Pi decided to offer a day of programs dedicated to giving students studying education a better idea of what to expect in the multi-faceted career of teaching.

The Kappa Delta Pi Workshop Day aimed to give students in the Education Department a leg up as seniors prepare for life after college.

Open to all students, regardless of year, the various programs offered them a lot of “food for thought,” said senior David Burnham.

“We learn a lot from our education classes, but because there’s so much to learn we try to give a little bit of extra knowledge,” said Ali Toohey, senior and president of Kappa Delta Pi.

The workshops were unique because they were taught by the members of Kappa Delta Pi, which gave students a chance to interact with their peers and advise them on how to operate in the classroom.

“I’m trying to structure my workshop on classroom management around discipline in the classroom,” Toohey said. “It’s to encourage students who may be nervous about keeping their classrooms under control. Confidence is the key: the more you know, the better you’ll be.”

Dr. Heather Casey, co-counselor of Kappa Delta Pi, felt the workshop day was a success.

“I think the program went very well,” Casey said. “The executive board worked very hard and the quality of the presentation showed that.”

The students who attended the workshop were also very pleased with the day.

“It was nice to get information on things that aren’t commonly talked about, like technology in the classroom,” said junior Kristen Gilmore.

In addition to being given extra knowledge, students were encouraged to pursue their educational careers.

“It’s a useful resource regardless of what level you’re at,” said senior Andrew Kaspereen. “It’s a reassuring ‘you can do this’ kind of thing.”

Ultimately, Toohey hopes that people will walk away with more knowledge about the field of teaching and be more confident when searching for a career.

“It’s the best example of Rider students working together to help each other in the work world,” she said.

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