James Smith on Teacher Preparation

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James L. Smith, a Generation www.Y program support specialist, describes the benefits of the program for preservice teachers.


1. Is the Generation www.Y program successful?

I'm always impressed when we stop and we talk to someone about the Generation www.Y program and how, when we take a preservice teacher into an elementary classroom and have an elementary student show a preservice teacher that may be in their early 20s or someone transitioning into a second career in their early 40s, of what they need to know when they get into the classroom and they look at us and they say how they appreciate working with these students in the elementary level and seeing a kid do a PowerPoint® presentation or go online and take them to a site that they'd never heard of before. But there is some information there that they'll be able to use to improve their teaching.



2. How does the Generation www.Y program address Digital Divide issues?

Having students that cross all social and economic lines working with preservice teachers, giving them the information they need to improve their teaching in turn is going to help those students, because not every preservice teacher is going to go into a school with the technology already in place. Some are going to go into inner-city locations. Some are going to go into rural locations where there aren't many resources available, but the skills and the techniques that they learn from the students that they work with in the Gen www.Y program will transfer crossculturally, across economic lines, across social lines, and they'll be able to use those skills that they've learned to really improve their teaching and help the kids. And of course, it really makes you feel good about what you're doing when you go into a room and you see that spark light up in a child's eye, and that's what the preservice teachers get by working with children in the classroom.


Published: 9/1/2001

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