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Medicine Hat College third-year education students had an opportunity to get some practical teaching experience as they shared their passions in 40-minute mini-sessions with Southview Community School during Friday’s “Passion Day.”
“We have got everything here today from woodfire pizza making, to robotics, to fractured fairy tales, to homemade ice cream,” said MHC education instructor Jason McCluster. “It is just amazing the things our students wanted to teach, and it sounds like the Southview students are really excited about it.”
Southview principal Todd Samuelson said Passion Day was a win/win for both MHC presenters, who get practice teaching elementary schoolaged kids, and his students, who chose from a list of potential passion projects submitted by the college as to what they personally were most interested in learning about.
“For our students it provides them with an opportunity to learn about things they wouldn’t learn in a regular classroom setting,” said Samuelson. “There is a lot of creative and fun ideas. This will also tie in with what our teachers are going to do when the students create their own passion lessons day later this year.”
Grade 5 student Tyson Miller was engrossed in MHC’s robotics’ programming session.
“I have never worked with robots before so I am really interested to get into this lesson today,” he said. “It’s cool to be able to program them to do what you want.”
Across the hall classmate Odessa Zadimersky said the scrapbooking session was more her style.
“I like to try to find some cool stuff to put in,” she explained as she cut out an illustration of a cat for her scrapbook. “If you don’t want to draw you can see if there is something in these books you can cut out.”
Medicine Hat College student Hawa Kamara works on a scrapbooking project with Grade 6 student Mohammed Ouwer at Southview Community School. Third-year education students were invited to the school to help elementary students learn about different hobbies, including baking, robotics, theatre and sports.