April 29, 2014

NSO Students Become Teachers: JA in a Day

Junior Achievement Goes to a Local Elementary School

The Junior Achievement Program recently gave Johnson & Wales University students a chance to participate in a program called JA in a Day. During this program students were teachers for a day at Robert Kennedy Elementary School, located in Providence. Participants taught children ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade.

However, before they could become teachers students had to learn what it meant to be a teacher. To do this, students attended a training session in mid-February to prepare. Each student, with a group of partners, was given a class they were to teach for the day. Each group was given a bag full of lesson plans, books, and gifts for each of the students.

When the day finally arrived to teach it was hard to tell who was more excited, the children, program teachers, the actual teachers. It was a full day, 8a.m. to 2p.m.  The Johnson & Wales students were not only teaching, but also learning from the kids. They got to hear what they liked about school, what they wanted to be when they grow up, and their favorite animals.

The opportunity these students we were given to work with Junior Achievement is one that most will never forget. Whether it was just a smile on a child’s face or hearing them relate an aspect from a story, each part of the day was a heartwarming and enjoyable experience.