Lab offers education students real-life experience
Students in Charleston Southern University’s College of Education had a new way to learn and apply teaching techniques in the brand-new Learning Teaching Lab this semester.
Dr. Julie Fernandez, dean of the College of Education, said that aspiring early childhood and elementary teachers now have a place that mimics most elementary school classrooms.
“They love taking their methods classes in the lab,” she said. “It gives them a sense of what they can do when they create their own classroom learning environments.”
The lab, funded by the College of Education and organized by CSU faculty members, houses all early childhood and elementary courses. CSU education students can model small group instruction, use technology, as well as create and set up centers for science, math, and literacy.
Fernandez said it creates a positive classroom environment for new teachers. “The atmosphere is conducive to learning the craft of teaching by giving students ideas on how to create a positive learning environment for their future classrooms,” she added.
Isabel Kay is a freshman English education major at Charleston Southern University and is an intern in the Office of Marketing & Communication.