Eureka students teach for a day

Published 10:00 am Saturday, May 14, 2022

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Eureka Elementary’s fifth grade students took to the halls not as students, but as assistants to some of Eureka’s teachers on Wednesday, April 27. As part of Eureka’s Career Week, the goal for this experience was to offer students a glimpse into the field of education through the guidance of their teacher. These students were chosen for this opportunity based on their commitment to show respect for their teachers and fellow students as well as their hard work in their classes.

The students were paired with teachers throughout the building, both core and specialty teachers, and were given the opportunity to help in the classroom throughout the day. They read stories, assisted with reading and spelling words, worked one-on-one with students who needed a little extra help, and above all, served as a role model for the other students.

Janice Guill, a third grade teacher, hosted fifth grader, Alex Abbott. She said that Alex was a great help in her classroom. He helped with several subjects and even offered her class some great advice about the upcoming SOL’s since this is their first year experiencing state testing. “My children really benefited from seeing such a great role model,” Guill stated. Another teacher noted, “It gave the fifth graders an opportunity to demonstrate responsibility. It also gave the younger students a chance to talk to an older kid who is not a sibling.” Overall, the teachers and students alike enjoyed the day and are hoping to make it a tradition each year.