The teacher education program is developed to give teachers a more personal and connected understanding of American History. Educators who participate in the program will have the opportunity to see and get a hands on approach to our history. When the program is completed they will have had the opportunity to take part in activities which our early settlers did daily.They will be able to make connections between the early cultures and the cultures of today. They will be able to take back, to their classrooms and students, tools which will make teaching Social Studies more interesting, fun and educational.
The program is split in two sessions, a morning and afternoon. In the morning session, educators will participate in a program which will include animals and artifacts which were used during the exploration and settlement of our continent and our nations development. They will see how our early settlers lived their daily lives and the hardships they endured to survive and succeed in their cultures. The focus of the program is from our nations early exploration through the early 1900s. They will see how the different cultures were similar and different. Teachers will gain a better understanding of how, over time these cultures from across the globe, came together and developed the culture we have today. In this morning session educators will have the opportunity to handle the animals and equipment and actually experience for themselves the day to day activities that our ancestors did.
In the afternoon session teachers will learn about activities which they can use with their students in the classroom. They will take part in hands on projects which they can take back to the classroom for students to do. The history of these projects and their relationship to the people and the cultures will be explained. Teachers will see how including these hands on projects in their educational plans will make their methods more conducive to learning Social Studies. The activities which they will be participating in range from elementary to high school level. When the session is completed they will have available to them descriptions and diagrams of all the projects so that they will be able to determine what is best for their classroom and teaching method.
We have been involved in education at many different levels. These educational programs are only a part of our experience. I am currently teaching Special Education at the middle school level. I am certified in Special Education, Social Studies and Agriculture Science. My wife, Joleta, is certified in All Level P E, Elementary Grades 1-8,Physical Science 6-12, All Level Special Ed. and All Level Physically Handicapped.We have taught in large and small schools. Our interests in History, Social Studies and Agriculture have allowed us to develop a program which is interesting, enjoyable and educational. This program will assist teachers in making Social Studies interesting to each individual student. They will be able to show students how their ancestor's cultures joined with others to develop the society we have today. Teachers will be able to recognize how practices of our past have influenced those of today and how they continue to do so. They will be able to tie the past to the present and assist their students in doing the same.