Music starts. People and children stand around a giant rainbow parachute and begin counting.
“One…two…three!” The parachute is flung into the air. The children run under the parachute and begin screaming joyfully.
Zara Hooper, Kokomo High School, speaks to the camera in a library: “I knew that I really wanted to be a teacher and as soon as they told me about this class, they told me about this class, I automatically jumped on it because I thought it would be a super awesome opportunity.”
Christina Romero-Ivanova, Assistant Professor of Education, IU Kokomo speaks to the camera in a classroom: “Tomorrow’s Teachers is a different kind of program; we have myself and future colleagues who are going out to different school districts. We have four different school districts and those districts have students who want to become teachers: elementary teachers, early childhood teachers, secondary teachers. And, they are taking our courses, receiving dual credit and they’re taking the courses at the site through Canvas with me going around and interacting with them, teaching them.”
Professor Romero-Ivanova speaks to future teachers in a classroom and a library.
The words, “You take IU Kokomo classes. Dual credit for college. Take courses at your school.” appear on the screen.
Romero-Ivanova continues speaking: “But, this is an opportunity to take what they’re learning, philosophies that we talk about, teaching methods that we talk about, historical aspects, and actually put it together to understand how it’s playing out in the early field experience.”
Amelia Lowry, Caston Junior Senior High School speaks to the camera: “It’s really… it’s helped me understand what being a teacher means because the generalization of teachers is they teach a class and they grade homework. That’s it. But, like, when you’re a teacher, you have to deal with the ethics that most people don’t really see. With this class, I’m really learning the background and the experience of being a teacher which I think is really cool to see. To be like, ‘Oh, there’s more to being a teacher than what is being talked about.’”
Roger L. Eubank, III, Western High School, talks to the camera: “It helps you get ready for college. It’s still…it’s still running me up and it’s showing me what to do to prepare for my college classes.”
Current IU Kokomo students smile and laugh together while helping children with the rainbow parachute.
Zara Hooper continues speaking: “It also gives you an idea of how other teachers teach and you can see how you do want to teach and how you don’t want to teach and that kind of thing and so, I think that if you want to pursue teaching anyway or you’re thinking about it, these classes definitely are very informational and a great class to take even if you’re not 100% sure.”
IU Kokomo students interact with elementary aged students on the IU Kokomo campus.
Aaliyah Miranda, Logansport High School, speaks to the camera: “Overall, I really enjoy the class. It’s different. It’s not like co-teaching. You’re not only helping the teacher, you’re helping the students. You’re learning more about the school, learning more about being a teacher, and what it takes.”
IU Kokomo students interact with elementary aged children on the IU Kokomo campus.
Roger continues speaking: “Um, our field experience – you get to be the adult and you get to show, ‘hey, I’m kind of the person that I want to be. I want to be a teacher and it gives you that experience to say, ‘hey, I’m comfortable doing this and I know what I’m doing.”
Amelia Lowry continues speaking: “And I really like this class. I absolutely recommend it to anybody who wants a step up or they want, um, that experience. And I really like teaching.”
Students and faculty sit around a table chatting.
Greta Faurote, Science Teacher, Kokomo High School speaks to the camera: “It’s just a great program. I’ve been thrilled. And it’s just been so much fun to be able to work with IUK and everything they have to offer. These kids were so proud they had that ID from IUK this year. They were holding it up and they were just…they were proud to be IU Kokomo students. It was… it was…wonderful.” She smiles.
The screen reads: For more information on Tomorrow’s Teachers, visit iuk.edu/education or iuk.edu/admissions.
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