Sterling College education majors Adam Niedens, Kayla Stubby, and Rae Allman have learned an impressive amount about the country of China in the past week of their interterm class. Oddly enough, when these seniors are asked what they have gained from their course, China is not mentioned.
“I’m learning how much planning it takes to get ready for a lesson,” said Niedens.
“I’m learning how much time it takes students to complete tasks,” said Stubby.
“I’m learning what I want to do—and what I don’t want to do—when I get my own classroom,” said Allman.
The elementary education course they’re taking is “Planning and Teaching an Integrated Unit,” and their professor Judith Best, who is also the director of the Sterling Academy, believes in learning by doing. Before Christmas break, she asked the second through sixth grade teachers at the Ac