BGSU students go over the day's lesson with students at the Toledo School for the Arts.
TSA–BGSU PARTNERSHIP SHOWS STUDENTS CREATIVE WAYS TO TEACH
The College of Education and Human Development is known for producing some of the top teacher-candidates in the state. Through programs like the teacher match program and Capstone Day, BGSU continues to stay ahead in the field of middle childhood to adolescent to young adult childhood education Added to its programming this year is a new, inclusive learning experience for students at Toledo School for the Arts (TSA).
“Our partnership with TSA is rich and unique,” said Dr. Tim Murnen, director of the School of Teaching and Learning at BGSU. “Like any other state school, TSA is focused on state standards and takes these standards very seriously. But their method of teaching is very integrated and creative. Administrators and teachers work together to integrate the arts into everything they teach.”
According to Murnen, the BGSU/TSA partnership is important because it is a learning experience that adds value to both institutions. Students going to TSA learn and actively participate in classrooms with their mentor teachers, adding value to that classroom. In turn, BGSU students are able to go into the classrooms and learn by doing, not just observing. TSA is completely open to this approach, and the BGSU students are put to work, thus maximizing the value our students can add to the classrooms.
The TSA teaching and learning experience is just one of the reasons this collaboration is important for the students. Teacher education students going to TSA go in their freshman and sophomore year, which is new to the middle childhood and adolescence to young adult programs. Traditionally, students have only observed in classrooms until the professional phase of their careers, which isn’t until their third or fourth year. By listening to students and discussing with faculty, the School of Teaching and Learning decided they needed to get students more active classroom experience before their professional phase.