March 21, 2018– Shorter University School of Education students received real world experience by volunteering to supervise a field trip of 1st-3rd grade students to Chieftains Museum in Rome. As part of an ongoing partnership between the SOE and the museum, Abigail Kiser, Regina Evans, Nancy Flores, Cherry Sullivan, McKenna Massengill, and Charlie Elliott led students through a series of activities focused on history, literacy, and archaeology.
The innovative and interactive teaching techniques developed by museum director Heather Shores and her staff at Chieftains Museum have provided the opportunity for several groups of SOE students to experience field trips from the perspective of the provider over the past year. The partnership has proven to be highly effective for both sides, as the museum receives experienced supervision and labor, and SOE students receive a valuable opportunity to work closely with students and teachers in a setting outside the classroom.
“I am thankful for Heather, Kamil, and Roy at Chieftains Museum for providing us with the opportunity to see the work and worry required to provide a meaningful historical experience,” said Dr. Gary Cole, professor of education and organizer of the partnership. “Our students gain valuable insights and experience education in a new and meaningful way here at Chieftains.”