Learning through Student Teaching

by Public Relations

Each year, Cedarville University produces education majors who have performed rigorous student teaching. This year, 60 seniors taught in local and global classrooms to prepare for their careers as teachers.

Cedarville students taught in local schools including Miami Trace High School, Xenia High School, Warner Middle School and Spring Hill Elementary. Each school offers a unique set of learning experiences and, sometimes, challenges.

Xenia High School hosted student teacher Susanne Seybold. She taught integrated language arts to 10th and 11th graders as well as 11th-grade honors students.

Seybold emphasized the importance of interacting positively with students. “From my student teaching experience, I learned that the best teachers place students first, then their content area. I learned that establishing rapport with students creates a better learning environment. So many students have difficult lives, and because I'm their teacher, I have the opportunity to make a positive difference, to show them the love of Christ.”

Like Seybold, James Twinem emphasized personal relationships with students so that he could better teach them. He taught ninth-grade comprehensive social studies at Miami Trace High School. This experience allowed Twinem to practice different teaching techniques so that he could find the most effective way to teach students.

In addition to teaching locally, some students traveled abroad. Melody Lightner taught Spanish to students in kindergarten through sixth grade at Alliance Academy International in Quito, Ecuador.

Lightner described, “I learned so much about classroom management in action, the importance of developing professional relationships and continually showing patience and love to my students.”

Student teaching offers students the opportunity to learn how to manage a classroom, but it can also lead to job offers. Lightner accepted the opportunity to teach at the international school after she graduates.

Regardless of where the education majors taught, they gained real-world experience in teaching. They learned and practiced the skills that teachers need to use every day. Natalie Tribbett taught eighth grade U.S. History at Warner Middle School. “I will be able to take a lot of skills with me into my career as a future educator, cheerleader, motivator, travel guide, coach and every other role that a middle school teacher has to play in a young adult’s life.”

Seybold added, “My student teaching experience at Xenia High School has helped me to grow both as an individual and as a teacher. I learned about creative methods for teaching high school English and for classroom management. I am so thankful for this experience because I learned how to be a better teacher!”

Stephen Gruber, Ed.D., associate professor of education and chair of the department of education, emphasizes the quality of students that Cedarville University produces. “Once again our teacher candidates have distinguished themselves during their student teaching experiences. Our candidates have effectively taken the teaching methods they have learned in their course work into classrooms in the Miami Valley and around the world. In addition our teacher candidates have successfully submitted video examples of their teaching to be evaluated by TPA (Teacher Preparation Assessment) professionals. We are confident that the results of this evaluation with will further affirm the high quality of teacher candidates that we prepare at Cedarville University.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of education excellence, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.