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February 2008

Release Date: February 26, 2008

Angelo State University Education Students to Visit Outdoor School

Angelo State University Teacher Education Department students will observe teaching methods and strategies at the Texas Tech Outdoor School in Junction this spring as part of their field experience.

Two groups participating in the department’s Internship I courses will make the trips. An April 9 day trip will include 34 undergraduate students, mostly from senior-level education classes. On April 30, 17 students will participate in a two-day overnight trip.

On the day trip, the ASU students will observe the Outdoor School teachers working with kindergartners from Fredericksburg. The overnight trip will focus on a session with fifth graders from San Antonio.

“These trips will give our students the experience of observing qualified, certified teachers and will give them strategies for the classroom,” said Ben Melton, lecturer in teacher education, who is coordinator of the field trips. “I hope it will become a regular thing.”

“They will observe and learn how to do integrated lessons that combine science, math, social studies and language arts skills, as well as learning team building and classroom management skills,” said Dr. Linda Lucksinger, head of the Teacher Education Department.

“We are excited about this collaborative effort between ASU and the Texas Tech Outdoor School program,” Lucksinger said.

Melton said this is the first time the Teacher Education Department has taken students to the Junction facility. Heather Creamer, a certified public school teacher, is the director of the Outdoor School, which has several other teachers on staff, Melton said.

The Teacher Education Department’s participation in the Outdoor School comes as a benefit of Angelo State joining the Texas Tech University System.

“Being affiliated with Tech is a good public relations thing for Angelo State,” Melton said.