Future Educators’ Club (FEC) students visited local elementary
and middle schools in the Northwest Suburban school districts to shadow an
educator for a day on February 12 and 26. Shadow Day gives students a chance to
experience education from a perspective different than their own. Students do
this by crossing district lines and through experiential learning. FEC students
are able to see how cultural, economical, and social issues can influence
day-to-day classroom interaction and individual learning styles.
It also helps students explore teaching as a career option. By providing a realistic understanding of
teaching, it encourages students from diverse backgrounds to think seriously
about the teaching profession. Shadow Day also elevates the image of teaching
and promotes it as both a challenging and rewarding career. Shadow Day gives teachers the opportunity to
examine, clarify, and explain their role in students' lives. It also provides educators an opportunity to
mold the minds of our future educators.
With looming teacher shortages in the areas of math,
science, and special education, FEC attracts exemplary future educators and
gives them a taste of what a day in the life of teaching is like. Shadow Day students helped with in-class
assignments, assisted in reviewing or grading assignments, worked with small
groups, tutored students, as well as conducted small portions of the classroom
lecture. They also participated in
music, phy ed, and art classes.
Prior to Shadow Day, FEC students held their annual "I
WANT to Read" book drive; which takes place the entire month of
January. The goal of the book drive is
to help spark family reading at home by making sure there are plenty of books
available for students to read. FEC students collected over 2000 new and gently
used books, which were donated to community programs and elementary and middle
schools throughout the eight NWS District collaborative.
The students pictured are from Zimmerman High School. They
shadowed educators at Anoka Middle School.