Future educators gain insight from student teachers

Students were able to grab from various treats offered that night to celebrate the upcoming holiday. Vanguard Photographer | Vincent Ford

Aspiring Educators of Michigan Education Association hosted its Teachgiving event on Monday, Nov. 15 in Gilbertson Hall.

The Aspiring Educators group of SVSU is a precursor to the MEA Union and is also affiliated with MEA to work with staff members to provide professional development, volunteer opportunities, social justice, and networking opportunities.

This RSO helps SVSU education majors build connections with others involved in education programs.

Much like Teachgiving, Aspiring Educators provides other fun activities, professional development, and more as their way to support their members.

Elementary education and integrated science fifth year Madeleine Gray is the Co-President and Treasurer of Aspiring Educators.

“Teachgiving was the name we gave to our November meetings,” Madeleine said.

Teachgiving hosted three students who are currently student-teaching this semester. “They were able to share valuable information and experiences with the member of our group and provide some insight on what lies ahead in both the Elementary and secondary education Programs here at SVSU,” Gray said.

The main takeaway for this event was for members to gain some knowledge on the student-teaching experience they may one day experience for themselves through the College of Education.

“I hope that members that attend can network with the other members, speakers, and E-board members to make new friends and connections that will guide them through their time at SVSU,” Gray said.

Many of the meetings last year were virtual and took place online limiting the ability to host fun and creative events.

“The other E-board members and I have been trying our best to increase membership in this group,” Gray said.

“The ability to host in-person meetings has allowed us to host a wider variety of meetings and events.”

During Teachgiving, students were able to participate in a Thanksgiving themed icebreaker, a do-it yourself craft, and write some positive messages to children in the area receiving lunches from YMCA of Saginaw.

Audrey Bergey

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