Tennessee Wesleyan Redefines The Way Education Majors Learn To Teach

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Dr. James Grubb and his students Jordan Johnston, Chelsey Woodcock, and Tina Taylor enjoy participating in classroom activities with Heather Malick’s Niota kindergarten students.
Dr. James Grubb and his students Jordan Johnston, Chelsey Woodcock, and Tina Taylor enjoy participating in classroom activities with Heather Malick’s Niota kindergarten students.

Redefining the way that education majors learn to teach, Tennessee Wesleyan College’s Methods of Teaching Kindergarten fall semester students have taken their educations out of a college classroom and into a kindergarten classroom.

Every Monday and Wednesday TWC Education Majors Chelsey Woodcock, Tina Taylor, and Jordan Johnston visit Niota Elementary School where they spend time in Heather Malick’s kindergarten classroom.

Malick, who is an alumna of Tennessee Wesleyan, has graciously allowed the TWC students to actively participate in her classroom’s activities.

“I came up with the idea to teach my Methods of Teaching Kindergarten students in an actual kindergarten class when I saw what a small class size I had this semester, “ said Dr. James Grubb, TWC associate professor of education.

“Teaching my class inside of a kindergarten classroom gives my students a real world experience instead of hypothetically discussing kindergarten teaching methods in a college classroom.”

Grubb’s three students are the first TWC education students to have the opportunity to have this classroom experience outside of the regularly scheduled student teaching that TWC education students do toward the end of their undergraduate studies.

“We have been working to increase our visibility with our partnering schools,” said Dr. Patricia Jones, TWC chair of the department of education and psychology. “This has been a wonderful way to achieve one of our departmental goals and the students really enjoy teaching in the classrooms with a TWC faculty member working in the class with them.”

For more information on Tennessee Wesleyan College’s Education Department, contact Dr. Patricia Jones at 746-5219 or pjones@twcnet.edu.


Lee’s Celebration 2016 To Be A Community Event

Lee University will host hundreds of guests, alumni, and community leaders on Friday, Sept. 30, for Celebration 2016, planned as a “festive and colorful day” commemorating another two years of university progress.  The event will recognize the success of the five-year “Find Us Faithful” Campaign including the opening of Lee’s new School of Nursing building and further development ... (click for more)

Baylor To Honor 7 During Headmaster's Award Service

Baylor will honor seven members of the school community during the Headmaster's Awards and Memorial Chapel Service on Sunday, Oct. 2, as part of the school’s Alumni Weekend festivities.  The Honorable W. Neil Thomas III (class of 1962) is this year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award; Kelly Nation and Leyden Pugh (class of 1985) will receive the John T. ‘Buddy’ ... (click for more)

Highway 58 Man Charged In Fatal Hit And Run In Dayton, Tn.

A Highway 58 man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run of a Rhea County man.   Walter Hale was badly injured and later died after he was struck in Dayton.   Authorities were led to Douglas Edward Alvey, 52, through video from the We Care business in Dayton, where the 60-year-old victim worked.   After officers with the Dayton ... (click for more)

Man, 78, Found Dead With Gunshot Wound To The Chest At Residence On Central Avenue

A 78-year-old man has been found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest at a residence on Central Avenue. Chattanooga Police were called to the 1900 block of Central Avenue on Thursday at 10:08 a.m. Upon arrival, Chattanooga Police officers located George Garth deceased. At this time there is no suspect information available. Chattanooga Violent Crimes Bureau investigators ... (click for more)

Patrol Cars Donation To Kevin Muhammad's Nation Of Islam Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Re: City Police donating two patrol cars to Kevin Muhammad's Nation of Islam: While I know it's unpopular to mention the wisdom of separation of church and state, this sets a dangerous precedent and should meet with concern from everyone who values religious and secular freedom. What's next? Southern Baptists getting old city parking scooters to patrol church parking lots ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Official State Rifle

There was a noticeable crowd of free-thinkers who ran around like so many “Chicken Littles” back in February when “the hicks” in the state legislature named a gun that is made only in Tennessee as the Official State Rifle. As we seem to always find out afterwards, the goofs who are quick to make such liberal racket have no earthy concept of reality or purpose. In the tiny town ... (click for more)