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Springfield College students spend day with Hatfield Elementary schoolers

HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Dozens of Springfield College students spent their day in Elementary School.

After spending much of their time shadowing urban classroom settings, a group of 19 Springfield College education students spent the day observing learning styles in a rural community at Hatfield Elementary School.

The college students observed the different ways the science curriculum is taught among different age groups.

Springfield College students took part in different art, agricultural, and engineering activities with students in pre-school through fifth grade.

"With college students talking to elementary school students you get a really first-person experience point of view so I think that is very valuable," said Jacquelynne Chase, Springfield College instructor of elementary education. "As well as observing administrators and teachers you get a well-rounded approach."

The college students also asked the kids how their interests outside of the classroom impact their learning at an elementary school level.

The Springfield College students will now have to write a reflection paper on Thursday's experience. Let's hope they asked the grade school kids how to get an A!


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