April 5, 2015
Every prospective teacher in the state must undergo a stint of student teaching, in the hopes that firsthand experience in schools will cement their career choice. Education classes at Mount St. Mary’s University take that requirement a step further, offering their students other opportunities to learn the logistics of teaching work outside the classroom — like planning a field trip.
Through a partnership with a university alumnus, 18 interns were shuttled Wednesday to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, at Washington Dulles International Airport.
The Mount students were charged with exploring how the center could serve as the site of a field trip, how its programming might be integrated into the school curriculum, but also nonacademic tasks, such as piecing together a schedule and noting the safety measures offered at the center would be sufficient to accommodate the number of theoretical students attending.
“It gives them a lot of that firsthand experience,” said Stacey Brown-Hobbs, accreditation coordinator and professor at Mount St. Mary’s. “We want to make sure that by the time they get to this point, they’re sure this is what they want to do.”