We had our one and only gathering of our full cohort early in the semester. It was led by Cohort officers, and they did an amazing job sharing ideas of how to use games to engage students in the classroom. We ended the day by closing down a local bowling alley with 107 WU Fellows!
We had our annual service fair where local organizations and school district come to share information with the freshmen and sophomore Fellows. These Fellows signed up for their service hours on this day. Our partner who represented on this day were: Boys and Girls Club, Camp Thunderbird, Family Resource Center, STAR Program, and Rock Hill Schools ESL Coordinator.
On October 13th, our Fellows, in partnership with our campus Teacher Cadet director, hosted 250 Teacher Cadet students from local high schools. Fellows served as greeters for the Fellows, served on a panel talking with the students about college life, and led the Cadets on a campus tour. I was part of a group of professors who held mock classes for the students to allow them to experience a college class. It was great day for the Cadets and Fellows!
In 2013, Winthrop University entered a partnership with the Shanghai Far East School (SFES) in Shanghai, China to provide teacher candidates the opportunity to study abroad during their final semester at Winthrop. As an international school focused on providing their students opportunities to expand cultural awareness and experience diverse learning experiences, SFES is the perfect environment in which teacher candidates can flourish as true professional educators. This year, one of our Senior Teaching Fellows, Cassidy Laber (pictured below), was chosen after an intensive application/interview process. She will begin her 2nd semester internship locally and will leave for China in March.
Another Senior Fellow, Candace Livingston (pictured below), co-founded a new student organization named “Project Middle Ground.” The idea for the organization came because Candace saw a gap and a unique need for middle school students with whom she worked. The 5-point foci of the organization are : Academics. Self-Awareness. Sociopolitical Awareness. Life Skills. Self-Confidence. Candace is also President of the campus chapter of the NAACP and has been a key player in organizing local political visits from Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.
The freshmen and sophomore classes have been actively working in our Big Teach/Little Teach mentor program. We had our big reveal of mentors last month. (Pictured below)
After I attended the 7 Habits training, we began to look at our existing mentor program as our new accountability partners. I have also had two introductory sessions with the freshman and sophomore classes, respectively, where I introduced “7 Habits…” and we began work on our mission statements. Every Fellow will have a draft of a mission statement when we hold our 1st meetings of the spring semester. (See bulletin board photo below!)