Commitment in Action
All Winthrop education students take EDUC 210: Psychology of the Learner I, completing 10-15 hours of service in a school as a part of the course. While providing service, Winthrop students observe and analyze the learning of students from underrepresented groups, including students with disabilities, students whose first language is not English, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Winthrop education students have used their talents and time to provide meaningful support to many regional schools through their service projects. Examples include providing individual music lessons to middle school students, designing and directing theater events for preschoolers to support children's literature, providing "fun" science experiments in addition to tutoring students and conducting afterschool homework groups.
The Teaching Fellows program at Winthrop—called New Bridges—responds to contemporary state and national needs by providing an intensive, coordinated service learning experience working with English Language Learners and immigrant families. Teaching Fellows learn more about the growing immigrant population in terms of cultural sensitivity, teaching strategies, and community resources. The sophomore year provides a life-changing cultural immersion experience in the Dominican Republic, where students complete a project that helps improve one of the schools that they visit, such as building a playground for kindergarten children.
Graduate students in Dr. Marshall Jones’ Educational Technology course research existing and emerging technologies in order to help classroom teachers find effective uses in their classrooms. Topics include such things as interactive white boards, classroom response systems, video blogging, cell phones, and programs such as Microsoft Surface and GarageBand. The students write white papers, publish them online, and present their work at an on-campus conference for Winthrop faculty and students and area P-12 teachers, curriculum coaches, and administrators.