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Grand Meadow Students Become Teachers

January 09, 2019 08:23 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- It's a program that could help meet a statewide need for teachers.

And for one local high school, it's a lesson you can't just learn from a book.

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"Making learning fun is what I want my classroom to be built around" Grand Meadow high school senior Elizabeth Jacobsen told us.

It's been said that teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions. And today, some of those teachers are being created right here.

"When they go to these classrooms they're teaching lessons, they're preparing lessons based on the Minnesota state standards’ Grand Meadow teacher Joei Munson said.

Grand Meadow schools and Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall have teamed up for a program that *could* help create the next generation of teachers at a time when more people are leaving the profession, and fewer people are coming in.

"I'm in this class because I saw it as an eye-opening opportunity to see what I really want to do when I grow up," Grand Meadow junior Ethan Gilbert said.

And the program is earning some good grades.

"Just to get a better understanding of how teachers go through their schedule with lesson plans" eleventh grader Donovan Swanson said.

“So I'm taking it to kind of understand like how kids think and how they progress through lessons and understand everything" GMHS senior Jazmyn Ottman said.

"Cool to see how they learn and what they know and what they don't know and see how quickly they can catch on," junior Courtney Krumm told us.

"They just like light up and you can just see it click and that's really rewarding” Elizabeth Jacobsen added.

"I would just say to just be yourself, and be the best you that you can be toward every one of your students"  Ethan Gilbert explained

And even if they don't go on to become teachers...

"I want them to realize that they've become role models and from day one they were teachers, they were an extra teacher in that classroom” teacher Jodi Munson said. “And whether they realize it or not, they've made a huge impact on the kids that they've come into contact with."

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