On June 23, 2015, a bright and energetic group of high school students and teachers-to-be attend Texas A&M for the Explore Summer Camp. We were honored to have the opportunity to meet and engage with these future teachers. Two of our undergraduate programs in Educational Psychology had the opportunity to participate in the event.
Special Education was represented by Dr. Lisa Bowman-Perrott and Dr. Glenda Byrns. They had activities that facilitated a greater understanding of what it means to be a special education teacher. They also had activities that allowed students to experience difficulties in learning, as if they were students with a disability.
The Bilingual Education program was represented by Dr. Miranda Walichowski. Dr. Walichowski walked the students through the new trends in population and demographic changes for the state of Texas. Students were able to understand that these changes would engender a greater demand for bilingual teachers and a greater need to focus on excellent education for English Language Learners (ELLs).
The students had a hands-on experience. In groups, the students explored one of several education problems related to bilingual education or Hispanic/Latino populations. The students quickly learned how to use Piktochart to create infographics that presented the problem and solution. (You can learn more about Piktochart here.)
The students did well with using higher order thinking skills to discuss the problems and develop solutions. The students worked diligently on these projects. And we want to share them with you.
The work that these students did looks very thoughtful. And I think you will agree that the infographics look professionally made. We were impressed with the work, considering that the students had about 30 to 40 minutes to learn the application, research the problem, and provide a solution.
For more information about our undergraduate Bilingual Education and Special Education programs please visit here.