Course Sparks Creativity
Dr. Chrystal Partridge challenged Ringgold graduate education students
in her Instructional Planning and Evaluation class this summer to design
learning centers that would be educational, creative and entertaining
with minimal expense. The community outreach assignment also included
donating a completed center to a community and child-oriented summer program.
Children from pre-K through sixth grade enrolled at The Henry Branch YMCA,
North Georgia YMCA, and Dalton Dawg Gap Preschool Programs were the fortunate
recipients of the students’ hard work, according to Partridge.
“The community agency and school representatives were excited about
receiving learning tools specifically designed for their summer programs,
and the children were ecstatic,” Partridge said. “The learning
centers were designed and implemented based on our class discussions of
the curriculum, teaching strategies, methodologies and assessment tools
deemed appropriate for a variety of student developmental levels.”
Partridge asked that a minimum of 15 activities be prepared per center,
with three required activities developed by each graduate student. But
the graduate students enjoyed the project so much they did a lot more
than that, according to Partridge. “The graduate students felt that
this was an outstanding university and community initiative and strongly
suggested that this project be repeated next summer,” she said.
Partridge was proud of the students for using their decorating cents wisely.
“At the end of the school year, the graduate students combed the
hallways of their schools looking for items the teachers were throwing
out. They were able to recycle many discarded items, keeping costs minimal,”
The preschool, early, and middle elementary school educators in Partridge’s
class are part of a cohort, a well-defined group pursuing the master’s
degree. Learn more about Graduate Studies
at UTC, or to learn more about forming a cohort, please contact Dr.
Beth Dodd, UTC Continuing Education coordinator.