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Education students to showcase learning

3rd year education students particpate in immersive learning experience in the Cypress Hills.
October 15, 2019
 

The world is a classroom for third year education students at Medicine Hat College (MHC), who started the fall semester with unique immersive experiences and learning opportunities.

“Our goal is for students to become highly capable teachers who are able to integrate curriculum and communicate and collaborate with others,” says Lorelei Boschman, coordinator and instructor with the Bachelor of Education program offered in partnership with Mount Royal University.

To support that goal, the cohort spent two days in the Cypress Hills building relationships and participating in a variety of activities including art in the park, Indigenous learning around the campfire, sky science, reflective exercises and a content related hike. Throughout the experience, Boschman and her colleagues were able to model collaboration and communication for their students and the critical role it plays in their chosen profession. The faculty also brought in college and community speakers to address those topics.


3rd year education students particpate in immersive learning experience in the Cypress Hills.
Above: Learning and sharing around the campfire in the Cypress Hills.


As educators, the team knew what they wanted to achieve through the experience and sent out a survey to students to validate its success.

“We confirmed these activities accelerated student growth and learning. We’re continuing to learn as well, and are already adjusting the program for next year,” explains Boschman, adding that the cohort retreat is made possible by a grant from MHC’s Centre for Innovation & Teaching Excellence.

Following the retreat, students received an introduction to teaching basics and planning and took a trip to the community classroom at Medalta Potteries. They returned to class armed with ideas and knowledge to create their own community classrooms.


3rd year education students particpate in community classroom at Medalta.
Above: 3rd year education students engage in learning at Medalta Potteries.


Results of that learning will be showcased at a Pecha Kucha event on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Black Box Theatre at the Cultural Centre. There, students will have the opportunity to present their classroom concepts to college and community leaders. The event is also open to the public.

“By showcasing our students, we’re able to give the community a glimpse into our education program and the capability of these emerging teachers,” says Boschman. "We are excited to watch their growth throughout the program and look forward to the impact they will have as educators."


3rd year education students particpate in immersive learning experience in the Cypress Hills.
Above: Third year students and future educators on retreat in Elkwater.