It is no secret that educators are hard workers, and that
the standards that they must teach within can be strenuous, but each year,
education majors in the Interdisciplinary Instruction class within the Irvin
School of Education, take a rather unorthodox field trip to learn how to make
the system work for them.
Green Valley Elementary school is the site of a field
experience where education majors have the opportunity to see how
multi-disciplines can work together not only within their grade levels but across grade levels within the
The Irvin School of Education teaches their students to pair
multiple subjects together to teach across disciplines and incorporate themes
in order to teach the whole student. An
example of this is when teachers use reading and writing to also teach concepts
in social studies.
Each semester Green Valley Elementary School opens its doors
to the students of HSU and allows them to shadow throughout each grade and
class to see the practical application of what they have been learning. This field trip not only makes their studies
jump off the page and into real life but it also is designed to get them ready
to start student teaching.
Dr. Judy Shipley, professor of education explains how
including multiple intelligences in the classroom can impact teachers and
students. “Social studies trains us to be good citizens, historians, and
economists. It is a subject that
connects life in general and can easily be interwoven into other subjects,” she
This style of teaching can also be beneficial to lighten the
load of educators because it encourages teachers to work together to create
whole lessons based off of themes for the grade level. Green Valley assigns each grade a theme and
each teacher reinforces each subject with that theme in mind. An example of this is would be the
kindergarteners learning patterns in every subject or fifth graders learning
relationships within each topic.
The Department of Educational Studies strives to provide a
quality, value-centered pre-professional and professional education in a
Christian environment and to encourage students to lead lives of service.
For more information about the Irvin School of Education
and about the degrees offered within the Department of Educational Studies