"Team Miami – College Partnerships"
The Miami Redhawks have had the benefit of learning this year alongside a hard-working
student teacher from BGSU, Miss Cassie Bringman. The college senior has been working
this year with Team Miami teacher, Miss Williams, to develop her teaching skills
through the English Language Arts curriculum.
“I love the creativity of teaching Language Arts, because you can express your
opinions in so many ways with different styles of writing strategies. Exploring
Language Arts offers students choices and flexibility to look at topics from
different perspectives,” says Miss Bringman. In fact, one of Miss Williams’
favorite lessons she observed her student teacher present was a lesson on “point
of view”. Students were given a stack of pictures and wrote short stories from
the point of view of the photos they chose. Miss Bringman’s favorite lesson was
a day spent working at poetry stations. Students could barely contain their
excitement and pride running up to share their creative expressions with her. “It was
as rewarding for me as it was for them!”
Collaboration among the college-level communities and the quality teachers within our
district provide a win-win situation for veterans, new teachers, and students alike.
“Having a student teacher is a valuable experience because you are able to learn about
new trends in education and better prepare future educators with lessons that can’t be
learned in a college classroom. It also gives students a young role model to look up
to,” states Miss Williams. Miss Bringman explains that her goal is “to be an amazing
support system like Miss Williams was to me.” Her mentor encouraged her to try new
strategies, and if a lesson didn’t go as planned, to reflect on the parts that DID
work and to determine why some plans didn’t work as well. Miss Williams allowed the
novice to experience the unexpected, guiding her to grow, find value and be flexible
with all opportunities that students and each new day presents.
The Miami Redhawks are grateful for the opportunity to work with Miss Bringman and
we sincerely wish her great success and happiness in her new career!
Pictured L to R:
Front: Miss Bringman, Miss Williams, Brody Abdoo,
Row 2: McKenzie Miller, Mariah Upton, Jakaia Harper-Horn, Emma Durbin
Back: Alexis Huff, Ella Klein, Alex Ernsberger