For Sachem High School students interested in a career in education, the Child Development class provides a hands-on learning experience that allows future educators to apply classroom concepts at the elementary level under the direction of the class teacher.
After the completion of Child Development I, which covers the beginning stages of life and the lifecycle, senior students have the opportunity to enroll in Childhood Development II, where they explore educational concepts that apply to classroom learning. Through the class, students create lesson plans, study classroom management, special education, education methods and education theory.
As part of the course, students return to the Sachem elementary school they once attended to assist a classroom teacher for three hours each week, totaling 36 hours by the completion of the course. For the final evaluation, students deliver a lesson they prepared to the class they have been working with during the previous weeks.
“Our class allows students to clearly see what a future career in education would look like,” Child Development teacher Debra Lopez said. “It helps to develop concrete ideas about what grade level they would like to teach and where they would excel most as an educator.”
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